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Active Storms: None.
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Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Category Wind Speed Storm Surge
  mph ft
5 ≥157 >18
4 130–156 13–18
3 111–129 9–12
2 96–110 6–8
1 74–95 4–5
Additional Classifications
Tropical Storm 39–73 0–3
Tropical Depression 0–38 0
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a classification used for most Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the intensities of "tropical depressions" and "tropical storms", and thereby become hurricanes. Source: Intellicast

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2017 Hurricane Season Storms

Tropical Storm ARLENE
Duration April 19 – April 21 2017
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)
990 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm BRET
Duration June 19 – June 20 2017
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)
1007 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm CINDY
Duration June 20 – June 23 2017
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)
991 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm DON
Duration July 17 – July 18 2017
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)
1005 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm EMILY
Duration July 30 – August 2 2017
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)
1001 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane FRANKLIN
Duration August 7 – August 10 2017
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)
981 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane GERT
Duration August 12 – August 17 2017
Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)
962 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane HARVEY
Duration August 17 – September 1 2017
Peak intensity 130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)
937 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane IRMA
Duration August 30 – September 12 2017
Peak intensity 180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min)
914 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane JOSE
Duration September 5 – September 22 2017
Peak intensity 155 mph (250 km/h) (1-min)
938 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane KATIA
Duration September 5 – September 9 2017
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)
972 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm LEE
Duration September 14 – September 30 2017
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)
962 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane MARIA
Duration September 16 – September 30 2017
Peak intensity 175 mph (280 km/h) (1-min)
908 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane NATE
Duration October 4 – October 9 2017
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)
981 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane OPHELIA
Duration October 9 – October 16 2017
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)
959 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm PHILIPPE
Duration October 28 – October 29 2017
Peak intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)
1000 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm RINA
Duration November 5 – November 9 2017
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)
991 mbar (hPa)

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  • Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:17:40 +0000: Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook - NHC Atlantic

    ABNT20 KNHC 182317

    Tropical Weather Outlook
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
    800 PM EDT Wed Jul 18 2018

    For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

    Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days.

    Forecaster Blake

  • Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:17:40 +0000: There are no tropical cyclones at this time. - NHC Atlantic
    No tropical cyclones as of Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:45:56 GMT

Tropical Weather Discussion

  • Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:54:53 +0000: NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion - NHC Tropical Weather Discussion (Atlantic)

    AXNT20 KNHC 182354

    Tropical Weather Discussion
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
    754 PM EDT Wed Jul 18 2018

    Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
    Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
    America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
    Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
    imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

    Based on 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
    2315 UTC.


    SW Caribbean Sea gale warning: A gale goes into effect at July 19/0000
    UTC along the coast of Colombia from 11N to 13N between 73W and
    76W, with seas of 9 to 13 ft. The gale ends at 19/1200 UTC. Please
    read the High Seas Forecast, under the AWIPS/WMO headers
    HSFAT2/FZNT02 KNHC, for more details.


    A tropical wave is crossing the Cabo Verde Islands, with an axis
    extending from 20N25W to 04N26W, moving westward at 10 to 15 kt.
    A well defined 700 mb trough just west of the coast of western
    Africa is noted in the model guidance. A major outbreak of Saharan
    Air Layer (SAL) dust envelops the wave environment north of 10N
    as seen in GOES-16 images. As such, satellite imagery shows
    scattered moderate convection confined south of the SAL from 07N
    to 11N between 10W and 22W.

    An E Caribbean tropical wave has an axis that extends from 23N59W
    to 05N59W, moving westward at 15 to 20 kt. The wave is depicted
    on GOES-16 visible and RGB imagery as an inverted-V shape envelope
    of broken to overcast stratocumulus clouds covering the area. The
    wave is being intruded upon by Saharan dust limiting significant
    convection to scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms within
    120 nm of either side of the wave.

    A tropical wave axis is over the W Caribbean that extends from
    20N88W to S of El Salvador to the E Pacific at 05N88W, moving
    westward at 15 to 20 kt. Saharan dust is following in behind this
    wave axis as observed in GOES-16 satellite imagery. Widely
    scattered moderate convection is within 240 nm of the wave axis.


    The monsoon trough axis extends from W Africa near 16N16W to
    07N30W to 06N39W, where the ITCZ begins and continues to South
    America near 05N53W. Aside from convection associated with the
    tropical waves discussed in the tropical waves section, scattered
    showers are within 120 nm of the ITCZ axis W of 42W.



    The western periphery of Atlantic high pressure ridging extends
    E to W over the central gulf waters. Light to moderate
    anticyclonic flow prevails over the region, outside of
    thunderstorms. A surface trough extends over the NE Gulf from
    30N83W to 27N90W. Current NWS mosaic radar and satellite imagery
    show scattered thunderstorms over the northern gulf primarily
    north of 28N E of 91W associated with this surface trough. This
    activity is also being enhanced by an upper-level trough over and
    to the NE of the area. The troughing and associated thunderstorm
    activity is expected to remain over this area for at least the
    next day or so. Weak high pressure is forecast to prevail across
    the central gulf waters through Thu night. Thereafter, a frontal
    trough will cross the NE gulf, forcing the ridge axis farther
    south over the SE Gulf. Increasing winds are expected over the NE
    gulf with this frontal trough in the area. Another surface trough
    will move westward off the Yucatan Peninsula the next few
    evenings, enhancing nocturnal winds over the eastern half of the
    SW Gulf.


    Please read the Special Features section for details about the
    pulsing gale force winds in the far SW Caribbean near the coast
    of Colombia. A tropical wave crossing the W Caribbean is
    discussed in the section above. Elsewhere, low-cloud streamers
    with brief isolated showers will continue over the far eastern
    Caribbean through Thu. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are
    over the interior sections of Hispaniola and Cuba. Mostly fresh E
    winds will continue over the central Caribbean Sea, and strong
    NE-E winds will be over the SW and S central sections of the
    Caribbean, through Thu.


    An upper-level trough over the SE United States is helping to
    enhance shower and thunderstorm activity NW of a line from 31N72W
    to 25N80W. These thunderstorms will remain active through Thu as a
    portion of the trough moves off the eastern seaboard. High
    pressure will build in the wake of this trough late this week. A
    1032 mb high well north of the area, centered near 40N39W is
    dominating much of the central and eastern Atlantic discussion
    waters. A large area of Saharan Air Layer (SAL) dust is currently
    over the central Atlantic from 10N to 25N and between 51W and 66W,
    and over the eastern Atlantic S of 25N E of 51W. The dust will
    continue to translate westward for the rest of the week.

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