Masters student in tropical meteorology at FSU. Raised in Alaskan blizzards, but drawn toward tropical cyclones by their superior PGF.
By: Levi32 , 4:25 PM GMT on June 18, 2009
Ok so I was feeling weird yesterday and I got this random idea to try an experiment. I have noticed how much people on this site value graphical illustration much more than just plain words, so I decided to try something very embarrassing for me but I hope beneficial to some of you. I have made a video of my computer screen with my voice recorded over it and drawing software to illustrate what I talk about in my update. Now I know I don't have the rosiest voice in the world but it's the only one I have =P Believe me no matter what you think it's nothing compared to what I'm going through hearing my own silly typical teenage voice on this lol. I've never recorded myself before so I had trouble being comfortable and getting my thoughts to flow fluently out loud. Hopefully if I practice it will get better in time. I'm definitely not a natural camera person. The drawing software is also a little quirky as I have to use keyboard buttons to make it work.
Anyway please bear with me and leave me some feedback! I know most of you pass through without leaving a comment and that's completely fine but I would really appreciate some thoughts on whether I should attempt to continue doing this. Or you can tell me I'm horrible and I'll go back to written updates, be honest lol. There's not much to talk about today but I prepared my usual written discussion in case I messed up with the video.
Turn up the volume, and click HD if the quality is too low:
Tropical Tidbit from 12:00pm EDT Wednesday, June 17, 2009:
There's really nothing new to talk about. There are currently no tropical disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean. The GFS for some silly reason is trying to turn the extratropical low forecast to move off the east coast in 3 days warm-core, which is ridiculous. The low south of North Carolina along the quasi-stationary frontal boundary won't develop, and trouble if any will probably be found in the western Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico late next week and into early July as moisture advects northward from the east Pacific and an upper anticyclone builds again over the area.
Invest 92E in the east Pacific has finally been upgraded to TD 1, snapping their quiet streak, and will move NNE towards the Gulf of California. It may get named later and help bolster the global count. We have one for June! Tropical Storm Linfa in the west Pacific just got named this morning and will head off NE towards Taiwan.
The GFS has shifted its area of potential trouble eastward for next week, focusing energy in the western Caribbean now, which is still within my bounds that I've lined out over the last couple weeks. The GFS continues to form a storm and bring it north into the Gulf of Mexico in 8-10 days. The pattern is there and the area will be watched for mischief down the road.
We shall see what happens!
Caribbean Visible Satellite: (click image for loop)
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