Update, Monday, October 13, 10:30 a.m.: Per the NHC, Tropical Storm Fay, having had its six-hour rule as a hurricane, is starting to lose its tropical characteristics. The five-day forecast cone shows the post-tropical system or depression heading pretty much due east and disappearing over the ocean.
Bermuda’s Royal Gazette reports that Hurricane Fay’s unexpected strength did more damage than had been anticipated. There seem to have been no injuries, fortunately.
Surprise! Subtropical Depression 7 did turn into a tropical cyclone this morning, per the NHC!
Per the current forecast discussion (below), it looks like Fay will flirt with hurricane status, but never quite make it before it is absorbed by the westerlies. It may hit Bermuda as a tropical storm, though, and they have hoisted the warning flags there.
Fay’s satellite appearance isn’t as symmetrical as it was yesterday. At the moment, the convection is confined to the northwest quadrant.
WTNT42 KNHC 111454
TROPICAL STORM FAY DISCUSSION NUMBER 6
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072014
1100 AM AST SAT OCT 11 2014
Tropical Storm Fay made the transition to a tropical cyclone around
0600 UTC based on AMSU and other satellite data that arrived after
the previous advisory was released. An Air Force Reserve
reconnaissance aircraft confirmed this transition had occurred, when
it made a pass through the northwestern and northern quadrants
indicating that the radius of maximum wind had decreased to about 40
n mi. A blend of satellite intensity estimates, flight-level surface
wind conversions, and reliable SFMR surface winds support increasing
the intensity to 60 kt. The latest center dropsonde data suggests a
central pressure of about 991 mb.
The initial motion estimate is 355/14. Other than the center
redeveloping a little farther west and closer to the deep
convection, the overall track forecast and reasoning remains
unchanged form the previous advisory. Fay is expected to continue to
move northward and then northeastward around the western periphery
of a strong mid-level ridge for the next 24 hours or so, and then
recurve into the mid-latitude westerlies with an increase in
forward speed by 36 hours. The official track forecast closely
follows the multi-model consensus TVCN.
The strength and direction of the current vertical wind shear is
forecast to remain unchanged for the next 24 hours, so no change in
intensity indicated during that time. By 36 hours, the shear is
forecast to increase to more than 40 kt from the southwest, which
should induce a weakening trend until the cyclone is absorbed by a
strong cold front in about 48 hours.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INIT 11/1500Z 27.9N 65.3W 60 KT 70 MPH
12H 12/0000Z 30.1N 65.2W 60 KT 70 MPH
24H 12/1200Z 33.0N 62.7W 60 KT 70 MPH
36H 13/0000Z 35.3N 58.0W 55 KT 65 MPH
48H 13/1200Z…ABSORBED BY FRONTAL SYSTEM