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Massive Storm Unleashes In The Atlantic

15 Feb 2020, 4:00 pm

A sprawling storm system in the northern Atlantic is generating hurricane-force winds while sloshing waves up to 50 feet high!

This area of low pressure has been undergoing “rapid cyclogenesis” meaning that the central pressure has dropped very quickly in a short amount of time. Sometimes we see this within hurricanes  in the Atlantic Ocean during the summer months. This particular storm can be equated to a hurricane too, if you compare the central minimum pressure. This storm’s central pressure was down to 920 millibars Saturday. If found in a hurricane in the summer months, that would compare to a major category 4 (or stronger) hurricane!

This image above, courtesy the Ocean Prediction Center, shows the estimated wave heights across the Atlantic. Important note: These numbers are in meters! This equates to 50-foot waves.

Finally, this is the forecast valid Monday, February 17 courtesy the Ocean Prediction Center. It shows a forecast central minimum pressure of 969 millibars which is much weaker than the central pressure Saturday. The higher that number (969mb), the weaker the winds (generally speaking). Nonetheless, this storm will continue to batter area coastlines with big waves and heavy bouts of rain.

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Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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