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95E has become Tropical Storm Darby

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Last time their was 4 named storms by the end of June was 1991

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Heading towards becoming a Hurricane

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Like Celia, Darby is rapidly spinning up, with intensity now at 45kts. Ships model indicates greater than 40% risk of rapid intensification which is a high reading. Originally, shear was hindering Darby and was expected to prevent the storm from becoming a hurricane- however, now it appears shear is easing and will remain low. Therefore, Darby is likely to become a hurricane soon.

Darby is currently moving typically west-northwestwards. However, this storm needs watching very closely as it may interact with the large invest 93L in the Atlantic (KW describes this very well in the Atlantic Invest thread). This could send Darby northwards towards the coast as a strengthening hurricane. Needless to say, this is not a nice scenario.

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Darby is strengthening rapidly and is expected to be a hurricane by morning. A CDO feature has rapidly developed and a fleeting eye is coming and going on satellite imagery. Intensity has increased to 55kts. Track is still expected to consist of a continuation of the west-northwesterly track folllowed by a turn to the north towards the coast of Mexico as Darby potentially interacts with invest 93L in the western Carribean. Based on current intensification and the projected low shear, don't be surprised to see Darby become the second major hurricane of the season.

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Hurricane Celia and Darby

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What a beautiful image! The East Pacific has certianly been active this June, an interesting watch! Let's hope Darby doesn't cause too much damage to Mexico.

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What a beautiful image! The East Pacific has certianly been active this June, an interesting watch! Let's hope Darby doesn't cause too much damage to Mexico.

Fingers crossed.

The East Pacific is the warm up to the main event I fear.

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Looks like Darby still has an eye on that satellite picture. I'd wager Darby is probably a minimal hurricane now judging from that image.

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We now have Hurricane Darby

000

WTPZ35 KNHC 241444

TCPEP5

BULLETIN

HURRICANE DARBY ADVISORY NUMBER 7...CORRECTED

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP052010

800 AM PDT THU JUN 24 2010

CORRECTED PRESENT MOVEMENT FROM 284 DEGREES TO 285 DEGREES

...DARBY BECOMES A HURRICANE...

SUMMARY OF 800 AM PDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

----------------------------------------------

LOCATION...12.8N 98.7W

ABOUT 235 MI...375 KM SSW OF PUERTO ESCONDIDO MEXICO

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/HR

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/HR

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...990 MB...29.23 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

--------------------

THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

------------------------------

AT 800 AM PDT...1500 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE DARBY WAS LOCATED

NEAR LATITUDE 12.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 98.7 WEST. DARBY IS MOVING

TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 9 MPH...15 KM/HR...AND A GRADUAL

DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF

DAYS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 75 MPH...120 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER

GUSTS. DARBY IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON

SCALE. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST OVER THE NEXT DAY

OR TWO.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 10 MILES...20 KM...FROM

THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 50

MILES...85 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 990 MB...29.23 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

----------------------

NONE.

NEXT ADVISORY

-------------

NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...200 PM PDT.

$$

FORECASTER PASCH

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UW - CIMSS

ADVANCED DVORAK TECHNIQUE

ADT-Version 8.1.1

Tropical Cyclone Intensity Algorithm

----- Current Analysis -----

Date : 24 JUN 2010 Time : 144500 UTC

Lat : 12:47:34 N Lon : 98:40:02 W

CI# /Pressure/ Vmax

4.3 / 973.5mb/ 72.2kt

Final T# Adj T# Raw T#

4.3 4.3 3.5

Latitude bias adjustment to MSLP : +3.5mb

Center Temp : -71.5C Cloud Region Temp : -63.5C

Scene Type : UNIFORM CDO CLOUD REGION

Positioning Method : FORECAST INTERPOLATION

Ocean Basin : EAST PACIFIC

Dvorak CI > MSLP Conversion Used : PACIFIC

Tno/CI Rules : Constraint Limits : MW HOLD

Weakening Flag : OFF

Rapid Dissipation Flag : OFF

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Very strangely, similar to Celia this morning, Darby looked in a bad way. Convectional banding dissipated and only a small lobe of convection remained over the centre. Darby seems now to be rapidly intensifiying however- as intensity has risen to 65kts, making Darby a hurricane. I'm not entirely sure of this, but an extremely small eye looks to be developing on satellite imagery. If current trends continue, expect some big intensity gains over the next 24hrs. The turn to the north is now expected to happen later, and this may be because 93L is taking longer than expected to develop.

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Hurricane Darby is already drawing energy from both 93L and Celia, however as Celia moves away it will be drawn to the weakeness casused by 93L, and will be intresting to see how these two interact once the remenants make it into the Gulf.

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Darby is a very small hurricane, and is therefore prone to some potentially rapid intensity changes. Current intensity is at 70kts, and I think the NHC could be a bit conservative in their forecast peak of 80kts. It also looks like Darby and 93L will probably not interact now, though 93L will weaken the steering ridge to the north of Darby which will force the hurricane northwards. NHC then mention that steering currents are likely to completely collapse leading to Darby stalling off the coast of Mexico. At this stage, Darby is likely to start weakening due to a forecast increase and shear and potentially some upwelling if stalling occurs.

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Darby has become the second major hurricane of the season. NHC seems to have underestimated the potential for storms in this area to become intense.

000

WTPZ35 KNHC 251431

TCPEP5

BULLETIN

HURRICANE DARBY ADVISORY NUMBER 11

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP052010

800 AM PDT FRI JUN 25 2010

...DARBY BECOMES THE SECOND MAJOR HURRICANE OF THE EASTERN PACIFIC

SEASON...

SUMMARY OF 800 AM PDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

----------------------------------------------

LOCATION...13.6N 101.2W

ABOUT 245 MI...395 KM SSW OF ACAPULCO MEXICO

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/HR

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/HR

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...962 MB...28.41 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

--------------------

THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

------------------------------

AT 800 AM PDT...1500 UTC...THE EYE OF HURRICANE DARBY WAS LOCATED

NEAR LATITUDE 13.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE 101.2 WEST. DARBY IS MOVING

TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 7 MPH...11 KM/HR. THIS MOTION IS

EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS BUT IT SHOULD

BEGIN TO MEANDER THEREAFTER.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 115 MPH...185

KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. DARBY IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON

THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN

INTENSITY ARE LIKELY TODAY AND SATURDAY BUT A GRADUAL WEAKENING IS

FORECAST THEREAFTER.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 25 MILES...35 KM...FROM

THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70

MILES...110 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 962 MB...28.41 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

----------------------

NONE.

NEXT ADVISORY

-------------

NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...200 PM PDT.

$$

FORECASTER AVILA

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Yes, I thought NHC were being too conservative. Put a small storm in a very favourable environment and it can grow quite quickly, just as Darby has. With small storms aswell however, they can fall apart just as quickly. Beyond 24hrs, shear will increase and this should cause rapid weakening. Track forecast remains difficult as steering currents are expected to collapse, which could mean Darby stalling off the coast.

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again looking very good

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Yup, intensity now up to 105kts, and Darby could well become a cat 4 before shear increases tomorrow. Interesting to note that Darby is the earliest second major hurricane of a season since reliable records began in 1971.

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Darby's peak did not go above 105kts, and now he is being blasted by 30kts of shear. Intensity has fallen to 50kts, and this could be generous. Darby is now trapped in an ill defined steering environment, and will only slowly turn towards the northeast before dissipating in continued high shear, which is probably being caused by the much larger TS Alex to the east. The storm is not much threat to the coast of Mexico.

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FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INITIAL 27/0900Z 13.5N 103.3W 50 KT

12HR VT 27/1800Z 13.5N 103.4W 40 KT

24HR VT 28/0600Z 13.9N 103.0W 35 KT

36HR VT 28/1800Z 14.2N 102.5W 25 KT

48HR VT 29/0600Z 14.5N 101.9W 25 KT

72HR VT 30/0600Z 14.9N 100.9W 20 KT...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW

96HR VT 01/0600Z...DISSIPATED

$$

FORECASTER ROBERTS/STEWART

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Darby is now moving more briskly eastwards in the westerly flow caused by the large Tropical Storm Alex in the Bay of Campeche. Strong shear has practically dissipated the system- convection has all but gone and the LLC is becoming increasingly distorted. I should think the next advisory from NHC will be the last for Darby.

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avn-l.jpg

what was left of derby was pulled north and eastwards by Alex

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Indeed, the remains of Darby is now the southern feeder band of Alex. The large Alex has also completely ceased the active start to the East Pacific season by causing high shear across the eastern half of the basin.

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