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Skip to comments.Tropical Storm Wilma Live Thread
Posted on 10/17/2005 1:39:34 AM PDT by NautiNurse
The 2005 hurricane season continues to alter the record books. Tropical Storm Wilma has formed in the Caribbean Sea.
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Say hello to Tropical Storm Wilma
Say hello to Tropical Storm Wilma
As the track keeps moving further west, it looks like she'll probably miss both of us here in Florida. Things might not look too good for Louisiana, though, unless she recurves east.
I still have some of my important papers in plastic bags!
...Tropical Storm Wilma becomes the 21st named storm of the 2005 Atlantic season over the northwestern Caribbean Sea... ...Ties the record for named storms set back in 1933...
a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch remain in effect for the Cayman Islands.
For storm information specific to your area...including possible inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
At 5 am EDT...0900z...the center of Tropical Storm Wilma was located near latitude 17.2 north... longitude 79.7 west or about 175 miles ... 280 km... southeast of Grand Cayman.
Wilma is moving toward the southwest near 3 mph... 6 km/hr. A slow motion toward the southwest or west is expected during the next 24 hours. However...steering currents remain weak and some erratic motion is possible during the next day or two.
Satellite data indicate that maximum sustained winds are estimated to be near 40 mph... 65 km/hr...with higher gusts. This makes Wilma the 21st named tropical storm of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season... which ties the record of 21 named storms set back in 1933. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles ... 75 km... mainly southwest of the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb...29.53 inches.
The depression is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over the Cayman Islands and Jamaica... with isolated amounts of 8 to 12 inches possible.
Repeating the 5 am EDT position...17.2 N... 79.7 W. Movement toward...southwest near 3 mph. Maximum sustained winds... 40 mph. Minimum central pressure...1000 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 8 am EDT followed by the next complete advisory at 11 am EDT.
Mayor Nagin, man your school buses.
I'm hoping Accuweather is wrong. And I'm sure NautiNurse is hoping more than I am.
I like the current SW track. Don't like the slingshot track back east toward FL.
Boo! Hiss! Accuweather sucks.
Accuweather's track is too far to the east. It looks like she might go over the Yucatan.
That storm is just meandering all over the place in such a small area!
Too soon to know where she is heading..IMO.
Another one !!!!
I stay packed and ready to go...here in FL panhandle we don't wait for schoolbuses or gubment aid to haul us out...LOL!
I'm dreading this one, saw on accuweather earlier that they think a high pressure ridge might keep it away from the northern gulf...and send it either west to Mexico or more easterly toward Tampa or points south.
Hello Wilma - wonder where Fred is?
I hope it fizzles out. Enough for this year and still another month to go...
a tremendous burst of deep convection...with tops as cold as -87c to -89c... has developed during the past 6 hours near and to the south and southwest of the alleged center of now Tropical Storm Wilma. Microwave satellite data along with wind data from NOAA buoy 42057 indicate that the cyclone has been moving slowly south or southwestward. However... the low-level center does not appear to be located in the center of the deep convection... rather it is likely located near the northeastern edge of the -50c cloud tops. Satellite intensity estimates are a consensus t2.5 from TAFB... SAB...and AFWA... and a UW-CIMSS 3-hr average ODT intensity estimate at 17/0545z was t2.8/41 kt. In addition... gradient wind calculations using the central pressure and nearby pressure values from the NOAA buoy and Jamaica support 35-kt winds somewhere within 60 nmi of the center. If any 35-kt winds exists... then they are likely in the southwestern quadrant where the strong convection is located. Therefore... the initial intensity is set at 35 kt... which makes Wilma the 21st named tropical storm of the very busy 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. This ties the record set back in 1933.
The initial motion is an uncertain 235/03. The general trend in the convective cloud pattern has been to shift slowly south or southwestward as mid-level ridging to the north over Florida and Cuba appear to be the only steering flow available. But on a larger scale... Wilma remains trapped between to high pressure cells to the northwest and east of the cyclone. The 00z global models and the majority of the NHC model guidance has shifted significantly westward or to the left of the previous guidance and forecast track. The only models not close to the NHC consensus or GUNA model are the ECMWF... Canadian... and the GFS 10-member ensemble models. The ecwmf has been remarkably consistent with its track the past 5 days in moving the cyclone toward the Yucatan Channel. It also was the only model to early and accurately predict cyclogenesis. The ECMWF and the Canadian models are also the only models that do not lose the shortwave trough located over the central U.S. That is currently moving eastward through the axis of the longwave ridge. Upper-air data at 00z indicate a good thermal pattern associated with this trough... which only the ECMWF and Canadian have picked up on. The shortwave is forecast to dig southeastward down the east side of the longwave ridge and gradually weaken/erode the subtropical ridge across Florida... Cuba...and the eastern Gulf of Mexico by 48 hours. Also... the deep-layer low off the coast of Baja California in combination with the deep low over the Canadian Maritimes should help maintain a blocking-type pattern across the U.S.... which means the steering flow should change little for at least the next 2-3 days. The official forecast track was only shifted slightly to the left... or west... of the previous track out of respect for the consistent ECMWF model... and also until the evolution of the shortwave trough over the central U.S. Becomes more certain by later today or tonight.
Some mid-level dry air and shear are still undercutting the impressive upper-level outflow pattern. However... these adverse conditions appear to be slowly diminishing based on conventional water vapor imagery and a 17/0155z SSMI water vapor analysis. Environmental conditions are expected to remain very favorable for continued intensification throughout the forecast period. Only possible land interaction with the northeastern Yucatan precludes forecasting Wilma to become a major hurricane by 120 hours. The official intensity forecast is a blend of the less robust SHIPS model and the very bullish GFDL model... with the latter model making Wilma a 109-kt hurricane by 60 hours.
forecast positions and Max winds
initial 17/0900z 17.2n 79.7w 35 kt 12hr VT 17/1800z 17.1n 80.3w 40 kt 24hr VT 18/0600z 17.2n 81.1w 50 kt 36hr VT 18/1800z 17.4n 82.0w 60 kt 48hr VT 19/0600z 17.8n 83.3w 70 kt 72hr VT 20/0600z 18.5n 85.0w 80 kt 96hr VT 21/0600z 20.0n 86.5w 90 kt...near northeast Yucatan 120hr VT 22/0600z 22.5n 87.5w 90 kt...near northeast Yucatan
Well, it gives us something to do in between hand wringing over Rove and pillorying Miers. ;)
Fizzle out, or maintain a southerly direction. If she gets into the GOM, it's bad news for somebody.
I doubt she'll fizzle out, but we can hope she tracks like Stan did. Although those folks that got hit by Stan don't need any more flooding.
Stan buried people in Guatemala under 10 feet of mud.
I just want Wilma to die a nice death right where she is. I would like to see her head out to sea.
Last nighte's track had her going towards Florida. this morning we see it hitting Yucatan and seeming to trend to NOLA
Whole gulf coast should be keeping an eye on it for next few days.
I don't like that picture at all!
LOL, that is a funny pic.
I changed my prediction from the panhandle to Yucatan. Maybe I am in denial but hurricnae that point at Louisiana early hardly ever come here. Hahahhahhahahhahhahahhahahahhahahaha
Looks like more vacation fun for vistors to Cancun.
LOL! That is horribly, darkly funny.
Yo, yo, here we go...
"WI-I-I-I-L-MAAAAAA!" (Fred pounding on door during final credits of "The Flintstones")
Hey...I liked the first forecast better!
Okay, now this is beginning to suck.
And we've got plenty of it stacked in our Wally Watt, LOL.
I got mine from Rita in the garage.
None of the models have the storm taking that northerly turn.
The 5AM NHC discussion provides analysis of the models. See post #22.
I hereby demand Accuweather's model be totally wrong.
Thanks for the head's up!
I am ready for this season to be over.
My sister has decided to move from the MS Gulf Coast up here to SC...looks like she is just in time for Wilma to follow her!
Here's the local meteorologist's weather blog on Wilma. He did a great job with Rita.