Saturday, August 22, 2015

Danny Weakens

From what I'm reading, Hurricane Danny is a compact storm, barely 60 miles across with hurricane force winds extending only 15 miles from the center.  Although he flirted with Cat3 status, he's expected to weaken as he approaches the Leeward Islands.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts.  Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danny is expected to become a tropical storm on Sunday as it approaches the Leeward Islands.
That's good news, but we can't take him off the radar yet.  He bears watching, and watching closely.  However, the graphic that goes with the discussion shows a disturbance following closely behind him.

 Hurricanes are born in the Sahara Desert.  Tropical waves that come out of the desert and find homes in the warm waters of the tropical Atlantic ocean.  They chug along, some gathering strength, some falling apart, depending on the warmth of the water, the steering of the jet stream, and other meteorological phenomena that are very individual to each storm.  That yellow X to the east of Danny bears watching.

1 comment:

extexanwannabee said...

Right there with you pal. This time of year, all of us on the Gulf coast keep one eye on the Atlantic.