Monday, August 15, 2011

Tropical Storm Gert is turning to open sea as new system heads for Mexico

Brian K. Sullivan in Bloomberg writes about the latest named storm in the Caribbean. We're already up to "G": Tropical Storm Gert is turning north-northeast on a track away from Bermuda and the North American coast, while a new system off the Lesser Antilles will probably move toward Mexico, forecasters said. Both Gert and a cluster of thunderstorms to its southeast “are going to be fish storms,” said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Gert, with top winds of 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour, was 155 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving north at 12 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at about 10:40 a.m. East Coast time. The government of Bermuda dropped its storm warnings, as Gert is expected to pass well to the east of the island and will probably weaken after 24 hours, the center said.

The system about 300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 10 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 48 hours. Rogers said that disturbance may eventually make its way to near the Yucatan Peninsula, where warm waters may fuel development. Currently, the system has a lot of dry air around it, and Rogers said that will retard its growth.

Once it reaches the western Caribbean, the system has the potential to grow into a storm, Rogers said. “It doesn’t give it a large amount of time to do anything too threatening, so I would keep it at a low risk,"...

Tropical Storm Gert on August 14, 2011, thanks to one of NASA's vigilant eyes in the sky

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