Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Surprise in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Humberto is weakening as it moves north. In fact Humberto was just downgraded to an post-tropical cyclone with winds less than 35 knots.

Off the Pacific coast of Mexico we have a new tropical storm, Manuel, shown in the second graphic below. Tropical Storm Manuel is making 45 knot winds and is moving north.

The surprise is Tropical Storm Ingrid. Ingrid was expected to move ashore and weaken but this cyclone stalled over warm Gulf water and in a pretty good environment for development. Ingrid is almost a hurricane, now making 60 knot winds. This system was moving west towards the Mexican coast but has now changed direction. Ingrid is now moving north at 8 mph, so we haven't heard the last of this one by any means. Ingrid is expected to bring very heavy rain, on the order of 10 to 15 inches, to eastern Mexico.

Tropical Storm (almost hurricane) Ingrid:
LOCATION...20.6N 94.5W
ABOUT 145 MI...235 KM NE OF VERACRUZ MEXICO
ABOUT 190 MI...305 KM E OF TUXPAN MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH...110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 10 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...988 MB...29.18 INCHES



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