Northeast US: Record Warm Sea, Air & Potential Influence On Hurricane Florence

Written by on September 8, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments

We have an ocean to atmosphere feedback setup and pattern which could spell a serious problem to the US. Waters from the Gulf of Maine down to the Delmarva are running at record warm levels. SST’s of 84 degrees have been reported off Cape May, NJ.

Credit: wxbell

Tropical Tidbits

There’s an noticeable response in the atmosphere above with ridging 2-3 standard deviations above normal. The strength of this ridge appears likely to force Florence into the US East Coast and with waters in close to the coast in the 84-86F range, this could pose a serious threat.

Credit: wxbell

It’s been record warm on land quite likely with the support of record warm water offshore, aiding the enhancement of the ridge aloft.

The vast spread in track for Florence is turning west and narrowing as the ‘out to sea’ scenario is closing.

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Helene has formed off the African coast.

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