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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Tropical Depression 20W has formed  a couple hundred miles northwest of Yap, and several hundred miles east of the Philippines. 20W has winds of 30kts. The depression already has well defined banding features and increasing convection over the LLCC. Given this satellite presentation, it won't be long before 20W is a tropical storm. Going by JTWC's forecast, it won't be long before 20W is a typhoon either. Shear is low, waters are very warm and outflow is good. This could produce some rapid intensification over the next few days. 20W is expected to head west-northwestwards, then northwest then north-northeastwards as it rounds the southern and western sides of the subtropical ridge loacted to the north. On the north-northeasterly leg of the track, shear could increase, causing some weakening at days 4 and 5.

     

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    20W has become Tropical Storm Nuri, with winds of 35kts. The storm has continued to consolidate in low shear and good upper level outflow. These conditions should persist, allowing for some potentially rapid intensification. The good news is that Nuri is still expected to recurve away from the Philippines.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    As expected, Nuri has rapidly intensified. Winds are now at 55kts. The storm has a well developed central dense overcast, flanked by numerous strong bands. An eye looks like it will emerge soon. Further rapid strengthening is expected.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Nuri has continued to strengthen and is now a 75kt cat 1 typhoon (SS scale). The typhoon is developing an eye in the circular central dense overcast, flanked by spiral banding features. Further rapid intensification is expected, perhaps even more rapid than the last 24hrs of strengthening. JTWC expect Nuri to reach a peak of 130kts in as little as 36hrs.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Here comes the eye! Nuri is going to be an absolute beauty by the looks of things:

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    Gonna be a strong one. Nice and symmetrical with very cold cloud tops. And best of all, no threat to land. JTWC predict a peak of 140kts (160mph), but I don't see much stopping it going stronger.

     

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Winds are increasing rapidly with Nuri. Winds are now at 120kts, cat 4 on the SS scale. This is an increase of 65kts in 24hrs. Cat 5 looks to be imminent.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Winds now up to 130kts, making Nuri a Super Typhoon, the fifth of the season.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Nuri has continued to rapidly intensify, and is now a category 5 on the SS scale, with winds of 155kts. This is the 4th cat 5 of the Western Pacific season (including Genevieve). JTWC expect a peak of 170kts, matching Haiyan of last year if it were to occur. Nuri is in an area of very low shear, excellent radial outflow and very warm sea temps, so further intensity gains are not out of the question. What an amazing system!

    Luckily, unlike with Haiyan, Nuri should stay away from land:

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Nuri's peak was 155kts. The typhoon has since weakened to 120kts in increased shear as Nuri is now accelerating northeastwards. Further weakening and extratropical transition will occur soon.

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    Nuri's peak was 155kts. The typhoon has since weakened to 120kts in increased shear as Nuri is now accelerating northeastwards. Further weakening and extratropical transition will occur soon.

     

     

    Quick weakening is continuing, as the intensity of Nuri has come down to 105 kt (according to the JTWC). It looks like the weakening is partially caused by an EWRC (eyewall replacement cycle). In fact, visible satellite imagery shows a small area of intense convection, surrounded by a convective-free zone, and that area is surrounded by a possible second eyewall, which is not completely circular (i.e. it looks more like banding features).

     

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    Visible satellite loop of Nuri. Note that the image auto-updates itself.

     

    For now, it seems that the very small inner eyewall is able to sustain itself, as shown in MIMIC imagery:

     

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    CIMSS MIMIC imagery of Nuri. Note that the image auto-updates itself.

     

    What can be seen is that a very small eyewall (indicated by red/yellow) exists, with a much bigger eyewall encompassing the cyclone at much greater distance. As of 20:00 UTC, the small inner eyewall has not yet dissipated, though. This indicates that Nuri still has a well-organized structure.

     

    With strong shear located to the north of Nuri, further weakening is likely, as suggested by the JTWC as well. In fact, the more north Nuri tracks, the further the shear will increase (up to 100 kt over Japan). Therefore, it looks like ET (extratropical transition) will occur very shortly.

     

    After the ET, the life of Nuri is not yet over. it seems like a major extratropical storm may arise from this system, as many models are expecting a sub-925 hPa low (!) to develop in the Alaskan Sea as a result of the typhoon. Confidence in that this is going to be a real bomber is quite high for the system.

     

    To illustrate this, GFS-charts are used for analysis of the Northern Hemisphere. First, check the chart below:

     

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    GFS MSLP + 500 hPa heights (12Z, T+48h)

     

    Nuri is located just to the east of Japan as a ~985 hPa low. In this stage, Nuri will well be underway to becoming an extratropical system. However, the surprise comes if one looks at the surface pressure charts 2 days later:

     

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    GFS MSLP + 500 hPa heights (12Z, T+96h)

     

    Nuri is in this case located near Alaska(on the top of the map). The minimum pressure associated with ex-Nuri is not even readable from the map! It should be somewhere around 930 hPa. Such explosive cyclogenesis from a tropical cyclone is rarely seen. This system could have some severe impact on Alaska. 

     

    More information about this unusual occurrence can be read below:

     

    http://dutch.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2851

     

    Sources:

    http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/floaters/20W/20W_floater.html

    http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/warnings/wp2014prog.txt

    http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/mimic-tc/2014_20W/webManager/mainpage.html

    http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/tc-bin/tc_home2.cgi?ACTIVES=14-WPAC-20W.NURI,14-EPAC-21E.VANCE,14-IO-91B.INVEST,14-EPAC-95E.INVEST&SIZE=Thumb&PHOT=yes&NAV=tc&ATCF_BASIN=wp&ATCF_YR=2014&ATCF_FILE=/SATPRODUCTS/kauai_data/www/atcf_web/public_html/image_archives/2014/wp202014.14110406.gif&CURRENT_ATCF_FILE=/SATPRODUCTS/kauai_data/www/atcf_web/public_html/image_archives/2014/wp202014.14110406.gif&CURRENT=20141104.2101.mtsat-2.x.ir1km_bw.20WNURI.105kts-944mb-240N-1369E.100pc.jpg&CURRENT_ATCF=wp202014.14110406.gif&ATCF_NAME=wp202014&AGE=Latest&MO=NOV&BASIN=WPAC&STYLE=tables&SUB_PROD=rscat_save&TYPE=ssmi&YEAR=2014&YR=14&STORM_NAME=20W.NURI&ARCHIVE=active&DIR=/SATPRODUCTS/TC/tc14/WPAC/20W.NURI/ir/geo/1km_bw&AREA=pacific/southern_hemisphere&PROD=shear&AID_DIR=/SATPRODUCTS/TC/tc14/WPAC/20W.NURI/shear

    http://www.wetterzentrale.de/topkarten/fsavnnh.html

    http://dutch.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2851

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Nuri is fast becoming extratropical, and JTWC have issued the last advisory as Nuri races northeastwards out of the tropics and into the open waters of the North Pacific.

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