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Harolding in a new phase of the 2023 Hurricane Season
      #114631 - Mon Aug 21 2023 02:04 PM

2:00 PM CDT 24 August 2023 Update

Above: Invest TBD and Tropical Storm Franklin. Base satellite image cr. Weathernerds.org

Very busy tropics continues in the Atlantic, and for those of us with interests from the western Caribbean into the central to eastern Gulf of Mexico, including Florida, a disturbance that will likely soon be Invest tagged is taking shape just on the East Pac side of Central America. This feature, likely soon Invest, has a possibly conservative 60% NHC chance of development as of this update. Movement would most likely be generally north-northeast to northeast, thus taking it into Florida early next week on such a track, and could become a strong tropical storm and even hurricane.

Elsewhere, Franklin is still forecast to become a hurricane and quite possibly a Major, coming in too close for comfort for Bermuda.

2:00 PM EDT 23 August 2023 Update
Conditions for development and even redevelopment in the Atlantic basin remain favorable.

Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall this morning along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic and has been tracking over Hispaniola. Frankllin is more likely than not to survive this encounter with the mountainous terrain and then avail itself of a better environment for intensification. Interests from the Bahamas to Bermuda are at risk, with Bermuda potentially being impacted by a then-hurricane Franklin, perhaps even Major, by the early part of next week.

As conditions for not only development but redevelopment are good, Emily is now more likely than not to become a tropical cyclone (storm and perhaps hurricane) this week,and maybe ultimately brining strong winds and weather to the UK after merging with a non-tropical system in the north Atlantic.

Perhaps of more immediate interest to those of us from the Yucatan to Florida is the potential for development later this week from an area of low pressure in the eastern Pacific that is breaking off to cross over central America. We have started a Lounge on this 93L Lounge

10:00 AM CDT 22 August 2023 Update
NINE became Tropical Storm Harold overnight and made a first landfall on the barrier island Padre in S TX about 10:00AM CT. Shortly before landfall Harold passed directly over Buoy 42020 which measured a pressure fall to about 995.5hPa.

According to Dr. Philip Klotzbach, since records have been kept only six other years have seen nine or more named storms by this date: 1936, 1995, 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2020.

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So far in 2023 all of the Atlantic basin storms have missed the U.S. and not many had a tropical storm in Southern California on their 2023 Bingo card. But now things have changed, and on Tuesday soon-to-be-Harold in the Gulf is set to make landfall in Texas while Franklin in the Caribbean impacts Puerto Rico.

NINE (likely Harold-to-be) has just enough time given the favorably low shear and high ocean heat content to avail itself, and may come ashore stronger than initially forecast and much stronger than people expect, so bears paying close attention to. Franklin could reform further east, downshear and in its deeper convection, putting Puerto Rico under more of its worst weather.

Beyond these two, there are some model suggestions that other US Atlantic-side impacting systems could to be on the way with a window open for a while, but too soon to point to any sure bets just yet.

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Re: Harolding in a new phase of the 2023 Hurricane Season [Re: cieldumort]
      #114636 - Wed Aug 23 2023 06:24 PM

I'm not on board with the weak assessment of Franklin after re-emergence today. Regardless of the jog over DR, the circulation remains intact and environmental conditions over the SW Atlantic are very conducive to re-intensification (even rapid over the weekend). It would not be a surprise to me if Franklin becomes a strong 2 well east of Florida on Sunday- then a borderline Major on track toward Bermuda early next week.

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