Ernesto update (8-28): After shifting east, Ernesto's projected track is shifting back west. (The overview of the shifting spaghetti strands look like a crazed spider.) It's being torn up over Cuba, so it's still iffy, but we may have squalls here Wednesday afternoon. We have an inland tropical storm watch in our county.
Ernesto update (8-27): Ernesto became a hurricane briefly, but is now a tropical storm again. It weakened going over the island mountains, and that should happen again when it hits Cuba. It looks like it's going to cross over Florida and move up the east coast unless it fizzles completely. Very iffy.
Ernesto update (8-26): Ernesto's track is moving east, and it's predicted to become a category 3 hurricane.
TD5 is now TS Ernesto and is heading towards the Gulf; it may become a category 1 hurricane. Here's an earlier report:Atlantic SPECIAL TROPICAL DISTURBANCE STATEMENT
000 WONT41 KNHC 241920 DSAAT SPECIAL TROPICAL DISTURBANCE STATEMENT...CORRECTED NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 315 PM EDT THU AUG 24 2006 CORRECTED FOR DATE IN HEADER REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE PLANE INDICATE THAT THE TROPICAL WAVE MOVING WESTWARD THROUGH THE WINDWARD ISLANDS HAS DEVELOPED A CLOSED WIND CIRCULATION...AND ADVISORIES ON EITHER A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OR TROPICAL STORM WILL BE INITIATED AT 5 PM AST. MAXIMUM WINDS AT THIS TIME APPEAR TO BE JUST BELOW TROPICAL STORM STRENGTH...BUT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT STRONGER WINDS MAY BE OBSERVED PRIOR TO ADVISORY TIME. $$ FORECASTER
Posted on: Thu, Aug 24 2006 5:56 PM