Keep an eye on 93L - soon to be a tropical depression
I have a bad feeling about this one - the models currently bring it really close to us and all conditions are favorable for development which is why it is given a 90% chance! Now is the time to start getting prepared.
What are the best resources you folks recommend utilizing for tracking weather in the Caribbean (i.e.your go-to websites, radio signals, etc.)? I'd like to start getting into the habit of monitoring them now, as will be arriving there as an islander in a few weeks).
I use storm carib
Below the big satellite image, there are links to two model tracks: the spaghetti models and another one (in the pink area to the right of 93L Invest)
I also like reading what local correspondents post on the right. Sometimes this is the best place to get information, for example St. Vincent & Grenadines had a lot of damage from the system as it passed over them (this is the system that eventually became Harvey) and they posted a ton of photos.
Yeah, the tracks just edged a bit more north than they were previously, which is good.
For some reason stormcarib took the links to 93L down, must be a temporary glitch.
They should bring them back up soon.
That "colored spaghetti" tracking map on weathercarib looks more like a northerly track to me. Its forming up quickly though.
I've got a 20' container sailing here, due in STX 2nd week of Septenber.
Glad I took the insurance option.
Ahhh the links to 93L are down, because it is going to be named a tropical storm at 11am.
Below is from stormcarib.com, Dave used to be the weatherman in STT so I pay attention to what he says:
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 09:15AM EDT - We have TS Irma
First, thoughts and prayers to the people affected by Harvey. There is more to come along the Gulf Coast, especially if the system in the Bay of Campeche verifies and manifests itself.
PTC #10 is speeding away from the east coast and will become a powerful extra-tropical cyclone menacing the North Atlantic shipping lanes, fisherman and eventually the UK. Wind shear from the outflow of Harvey effectively killed it's chances of strengthening.
Skipping TD status, 93L will be christened TS Irma by the NHC by the 11 am advisory with potential land impacts from the Caribbean, GOM and the East Coast too early to tell. However, unless it recurves to a fish storm, someone is going to get a big hit from this one. Positioned approx. 16.4N 29.8W TS Irma is already a well formed system. Wind shear is expected to be low the next few days, SST's are warm enough to support development, and there is a large moisture envelope surrounding the system meaning Saharan Dust/Dry Air, our protector all season, is not going to be the knight in shining armor this time around.
What has the attention and concern of many is the potential track of Irma, according to early model projection, is almost due west with a dip to the SW midway. This is indicative of a strong high pressure system in the central Atlantic getting a bit stronger forcing the SW dip. While it is a rarity to see a storm that has a COC (center of circulation) above 15N speed almost due westward and impact the Northern Leewards, it is not unprecedented. The "Bermuda High", common in the summer months will be the major steering force, potentially impacting the Leewards, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, the east coast with the GOM not out of the picture at this early point.
Regardless people, this one, again unless it curves out to sea, looks to become another bad "I" storm like Ike, Ivan, Isabel and Ivan. it's too early to tell for sure as 7 day track guidance can have a 500 mile margin of error. The warning shot has been fired across the bow. Hopefully that's all that will be fired. be safe and prepared.
This is the site I use: http://vmcluster.wright-weather.com/model_tracks.html
It allows you to display 20 or so different models, as well as a consensus track that incorporates all of them. Right now, all the models, as well as the consensus, show it recurving into the Atlantic before it reaches the islands.
I just found this website, great EURO models in the middle - check out 8 and 9 days which show it pretty close just passing Northeast of us, hitting Antigua and Anguilla and a few other islands a little east of the VI.
Track the Tropics
But yes it is too far out for any certainty at this point.