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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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  • Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:50:21 +0000: Atlantic Tropical Depression Eta Advisory Number 20 - Atlantic Tropical Depression Eta Advisory Number 20

    000
    WTNT34 KNHC 051450
    TCPAT4

    BULLETIN
    Tropical Depression Eta Advisory Number 20
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL292020
    900 AM CST Thu Nov 05 2020

    ...ETA PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING OVER
    PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AMERICA...
    ...EXPECTED TO MOVE OVER THE CARIBBEAN SEA ON FRIDAY...


    SUMMARY OF 900 AM CST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
    ----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...15.1N 87.8W
    ABOUT 80 MI...130 KM SW OF LA CEIBA HONDURAS
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...30 MPH...45 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB...29.68 INCHES


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

    The governments of Nicaragua and Honduras continue to issue
    warnings on heavy rain and flooding in those countries, and
    interests in Nicaragua and Honduras should continue to monitor the
    progress of this system. Interests in Belize, western Cuba, and
    the Cayman Islands should also monitor the progress of this system,
    as Tropical Storm watches may be required later today or tonight
    for portions of these areas.


    DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
    ----------------------
    At 900 AM CST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Eta was
    located near latitude 15.1 North, longitude 87.8 West. The
    depression is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and
    this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward
    the north, and then the northeast is forecast to occur tonight and
    Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Eta is expected to
    move across northwestern Honduras through this afternoon, and
    emerge over the Gulf of Honduras by tonight. Eta is forecast to
    approach the Cayman Islands and western or central Cuba this
    weekend.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts.
    Little change in strength is likely through tonight. After that,
    Eta is forecast to intensify over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

    The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).


    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
    ----------------------
    Key messages for Eta can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion
    under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4, WMO header WTNT44 KNHC, and on the
    web at www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT4.shtml.

    RAINFALL: Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts
    through Tuesday morning:

    Portions of Central America: An additional 10 to 15 inches (255 to
    380 mm), isolated maximum storm totals of 40 inches (1000 mm) in
    eastern Honduras and eastern Nicaragua.

    Southeastern Mexico: 5 to 10 inches (125 to 255 mm), isolated
    maximum totals of 20 inches (510 mm).

    Jamaica: An additional 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm), isolated
    maximum storm totals of 15 inches (380 mm).

    The Cayman Islands into portions of Cuba: 10 to 20 inches (255 to
    510 mm), isolated maximum totals of 30 inches (760 mm).

    This rainfall will lead to catastrophic, life-threatening flash
    flooding and river flooding, along with landslides in areas of
    higher terrain of Central America. Significant, life-threatening
    flash flooding and river flooding is possible in the Cayman Islands
    and Cuba. Flash flooding and river flooding is expected for Jamaica
    and southeast Mexico.

    SURF: Swells generated by Eta are expected to affect portions of
    the coast of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico
    during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause
    life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult
    products from your local weather office.


    NEXT ADVISORY
    -------------
    Next complete advisory at 300 PM CST.

    $$
    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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