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Eta – Final advisory issued 11-13-2020 – 2020 Hurricane Season

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ATTENTION: The NHC has issued it's last advisory on Eta as of 11-13-2020. All Graphics and Information on this page will eventually cease to update.

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NHC Public Advisory on Eta
  • Fri, 13 Nov 2020 08:34:04 +0000: Atlantic Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta Advisory Number 52 - Atlantic Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta Advisory Number 52

    000
    WTNT34 KNHC 130833
    TCPAT4

    BULLETIN
    Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta Advisory Number 52
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL292020
    400 AM EST Fri Nov 13 2020

    ...ETA BECOMES AN EXTRATROPICAL LOW...


    SUMMARY OF 400 AM EST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
    ----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...33.3N 76.8W
    ABOUT 85 MI...135 KM SE OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...ENE OR 60 DEGREES AT 21 MPH...33 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES


    WATCHES AND WARNINGS
    --------------------
    There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


    DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
    ----------------------
    At 400 AM EST (0900 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta
    was located near latitude 33.3 North, longitude 76.8 West. The
    post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near 21
    mph (33 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an
    increase in forward speed through Saturday. On the forecast track,
    Eta is expected to gradually pull away from the southeast U.S.
    coast today.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.
    Eta could intensify a little as an non-tropical cyclone during the
    next day or so before it becomes absorbed by a larger non-tropical
    cyclone on Saturday or Saturday night.

    Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km)
    from the center.

    The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).


    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
    ----------------------
    SURF: Swells generated by Eta will affect portions of the
    southeastern United States coast today. These swells
    are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
    conditions. Please consult products from your local
    weather office.


    NEXT ADVISORY
    -------------
    This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane
    Center on this system. Additional information on this system can be
    found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather
    Service, under AWIPS header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and
    online at ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.php

    $$
    Forecaster Beven

NHC Forecast Advisory on Eta
  • Fri, 13 Nov 2020 08:33:33 +0000: Atlantic Post-Tropical Cyclone ETA Forecast/Adviso... - Atlantic Post-Tropical Cyclone ETA Forecast/Advisory Number 52 NWS NATIONAL Hurricane CENTER MIAMI FL AL292020 0900 UTC FRI NOV 13 2020 THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. POST-TROPICAL Cyclone CENTER LOCATED NEAR 33.3N 76.8W AT 13/0900Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 30 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST OR 60 DEGREES AT 18 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1004 MB MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 40 KT WITH GUSTS TO 50 KT. 34 KT....... 60NE 100SE 0SW 60NW. 12 FT SEAS..150NE 90SE 0SW 0NW. WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT. REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 33.3N 76.8W AT 13/0900Z AT 13/0600Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 32.7N 78.0W FORECAST VALID 13/1800Z 35.0N 73.1W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP MAX WIND 40 KT...GUSTS 50 KT. 34 KT... 90NE 120SE 30SW 0NW. FORECAST VALID 14/0600Z 37.9N 66.1W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT. 34 KT...120NE 120SE 60SW 0NW. FORECAST VALID 14/1800Z 41.1N 57.8W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT. 34 KT...150NE 150SE 120SW 30NW. FORECAST VALID 15/0600Z...ABSORBED BY AN EXTRATROPICAL LOW REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 33.3N 76.8W THIS IS THE LAST FORECAST/Advisory ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER ON THIS SYSTEM. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC. $$ FORECASTER BEVEN

    000
    WTNT24 KNHC 130833
    TCMAT4

    POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ETA FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 52
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL292020
    0900 UTC FRI NOV 13 2020

    THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

    POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 33.3N 76.8W AT 13/0900Z
    POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 30 NM

    PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST OR 60 DEGREES AT 18 KT

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1004 MB
    MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 40 KT WITH GUSTS TO 50 KT.
    34 KT....... 60NE 100SE 0SW 60NW.
    12 FT SEAS..150NE 90SE 0SW 0NW.
    WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
    MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

    REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 33.3N 76.8W AT 13/0900Z
    AT 13/0600Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 32.7N 78.0W

    FORECAST VALID 13/1800Z 35.0N 73.1W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
    MAX WIND 40 KT...GUSTS 50 KT.
    34 KT... 90NE 120SE 30SW 0NW.

    FORECAST VALID 14/0600Z 37.9N 66.1W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
    MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT.
    34 KT...120NE 120SE 60SW 0NW.

    FORECAST VALID 14/1800Z 41.1N 57.8W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
    MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT.
    34 KT...150NE 150SE 120SW 30NW.

    FORECAST VALID 15/0600Z...ABSORBED BY AN EXTRATROPICAL LOW

    REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 33.3N 76.8W

    THIS IS THE LAST FORECAST/ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
    CENTER ON THIS SYSTEM. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN
    BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
    SERVICE...UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.


    $$
    FORECASTER BEVEN


NHC Discussion on Eta
  • Fri, 13 Nov 2020 08:34:37 +0000: Atlantic Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta Discussion Number 52 - Atlantic Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta Discussion Number 52

    000
    WTNT44 KNHC 130834
    TCDAT4

    Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta Discussion Number 52
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL292020
    400 AM EST Fri Nov 13 2020

    While the cyclone is still generating a cluster of strong
    convection to the northeast of the center, satellite imagery,
    surface observations and scatterometer data indicate that Eta has
    merged with a baroclinic zone and become an extratropical cyclone
    off the southeastern coast of the United States. The scatterometer
    data showed vectors of 40-50 kt along a front or convergence zone
    northeast of the center, but these vectors were in the strong
    convective region and their reliability is uncertain. This, the
    initial intensity is held at a possibly conservative 40 kt. Eta is
    forecast to strengthen as a baroclinic low until the system is
    absorbed by another low pressure area in about 48 h.

    The initial motion is 060/18. The post-tropical cyclone cyclone
    should continue this general motion with an increase in forward
    speed until it is absorbed.

    This is the last advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center
    on Eta. Additional information on this system can be found in
    High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service, under
    AWIPS header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and online at
    ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.php

    FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

    INIT 13/0900Z 33.3N 76.8W 40 KT 45 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
    12H 13/1800Z 35.0N 73.1W 40 KT 45 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
    24H 14/0600Z 37.9N 66.1W 45 KT 50 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
    36H 14/1800Z 41.1N 57.8W 45 KT 50 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
    48H 15/0600Z...ABSORBED BY AN EXTRATROPICAL LOW

    $$
    Forecaster Beven

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