Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 4:41 PM GMT on August 31, 2014
Tropical wave 99L is spreading heavy rains over Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as the storm heads west-northwest at about 10 mph. Belize radar shows little rotation to 99L's echoes, and satellite loops on Sunday morning showed the heavy thunderstorm activity was poorly organized, with few low-level spiral bands. Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) were very warm, near 29.5°C (85°F), and wind shear was moderate, 10 - 20 knots. These conditions are favorable for ...
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:32 PM GMT on August 30, 2014
A tropical wave in the Western Caribbean was designated Invest 99L by the National Hurricane Center on Friday night, and is headed west-northwest at about 15 mph. Satellite loops on Saturday morning showed that 99L had a modest amount of spin and heavy thunderstorms, but these thunderstorms were poorly organized. Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) were very warm, near 29°C (84°F), and wind shear was moderate, 10 - 20 knots. Although these conditions are favorable for...
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:28 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Hurricane Cristobal ceased to be at 11 am EDT on Friday, as the storm completed its transition to a powerful extratropical storm. Though Cristobal is no longer a hurricane, it still has hurricane-force winds, and will be a threat to marine interests off the Newfoundland coast today, and to Iceland on Sunday night. With Cristobal's transition to an extratropical storm and the demise of the Eastern Pacific's Tropical Storm Marie earlier today, there are now no named t...
Updated: 3:33 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:38 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Hurricane Cristobal continues to churn northeastwards over the Atlantic towards Iceland. Satellite loops show that Cristobal has its most impressive appearance of its lifetime, with a large symmetric area of heavy thunderstorms. Cristobal will merge with a frontal zone on Friday and transition to a powerful extratropical storm that will likely bring tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain to Iceland on Sunday night. The GOES-14 satellite is in rapid-scan mode ove...
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 5:05 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
(By Steve Gregory - Subbing for Dr. Masters who is on Vacation.)
CRISTOBAL is located about 360NM SE of Cape Hatteras moving North at around 11Kts. The storm remains a minimal hurricane with sustained surface winds around 65Kts. ALL models call for the storm to turn NNE and then NE at an accelerated pace as an upper air, mid-latitude TROF moves into the Northeastern US. While the storm may see some additional intensific...
Updated: 5:22 PM GMT on August 27, 2014