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2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Birdseye Discussion #31
By: NCHurricane2009 , 3:30 AM GMT on June 24, 2015
...TUESDAY JUNE 23 2015 11:30 PM EDT...
A surface trough currently moving into the eastern Bahamas has developed within the shower and thunderstorm activity just north of the Caribbean that was triggered by the upper vortex currently over Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) interacting with the surface tropical wave that has currently moved into the central Caribbean. However the shower and thunderstorm activity has considerably weakened this afternoon and evening as the surface trough and surface tropical wave have stopped interacting with the eastern divergence of the upper vortex while moving below the non-divergent region directly below the upper vortex. Watching to see if shower and thunderstorm activity will return when the tropical wave currently moving into the eastern Caribbean aligns with the eastern divergence of the upper vortex over the next day or so. However none of the computer models forecast tropical development from this upper vortex.
...ATMOSPHERIC FEATURES BIRDSEYE CHART...
This chart is generated based on surface analysis from the National Hurricane Center TAFB at 1800Z and 1925Z-released WPC analysis.
Features boxed in green...if any...are mentioned in the National Hurricane Center (NHC) traditional 48-hour outlook and or are considered an "Invest" on the Naval Research Laboratory site of the US Navy at the time the chart was generated. I do not box features in green if they are only included in the NHC's longer term 5-day outlook.
In light blue is upper air analysis, with 200 mb wind barbs calculated by GOES satellite imagery showing the upper-level wind direction. Based on the 200 mb wind barbs, blue-dashed lines are locations of upper troughs, blue-zig-zag lines are locations of upper ridges. Blue Ls are locations of upper lows, blue Hs are locations of upper ridges.
In red is surface analysis, with solid lines indicating locations of surface fronts, dashed lines indicating locations of surface troughs, and zig-zag lines indicating surface ridge axes. Surface troughs labeled with TW indicates the trough is a tropical wave whose origin is from the mid-level African Easterly Jet. Ls indicate surface lows, Hs indicate surface highs.
...THERMODYNAMICS BIRDSEYE CHART...
This chart is generated using GOES water vapor satellite imagery. Brown indicates dry air. White, blue, and purple indicates moist air. An increase in moisture indicates slower air parcel lapse rates with elevation and hence an increase toward instability.
Sea-surface temperature isotherms at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/satellite.php...the site from which the above thermo chart is generated from...are currently outdated. Therfore I have approximated the 26 deg C isotherm in the above chart using the sea-surface temperature maps available at www.wunderground.com/hurricane. Waters at and south of the 26 deg C isotherm indicate low-level warmth and hence faster environmental lapse rates with elevation (more instability). Waters north of the 26 deg C isotherm indicate slower environmental lapse rates with elevation (less instability).
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