Latest forecast spaghetti plots for Hurricane #Matthew

For those that have an interest, here are the 18Z model runs for track positions, plotted on Google Earth. Data from National Hurricane Center. Click image for a full size view (Update, versions with satellite image added).

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Here is a zoom of the Florida coast and southeast US coast, click for large images.

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sphaghetti-plots-sezoomLink to .kmz file is here if you want to look at it in Google Earth yourself.

Do a right click and “save as”, complete download, double click it and it will open Google Earth. See the model output in “temporary places” folder in the left sidebar pane. Loads of data available that you can enable and disable with checkboxes.

 

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October 4, 2016 3:57 pm

So Matthew could hit the continental US.

October 4, 2016 4:15 pm

I am impressed that Savannah appears to repel hurricanes. Especially since I live there!

Reply to  Jim Ward
October 4, 2016 5:44 pm

That’s only because the outer banks have a powerful hurricane magnet. It’s right there on Cape Fear.

Reply to  Jim Ward
October 4, 2016 7:12 pm

Jim Ward
I was just thinking. Too bad the old story that NASA put the Kennedy Space Center where they did was because it never gets hit by hurricanes is just a myth. Since I live 5 miles from it.

matthews revenge
Reply to  Jim Ward
October 7, 2016 12:04 pm

guess again

Latitude
October 4, 2016 4:17 pm

…I need someone to help me understand this
Matthew made a direct hit on this buoy…when NHC said it was a cat 4
The buoy even caught the eye….
The highest winds it recorded were 75 mph…..that is a long way away from being a cat 4 at 150 mph
…ground speed says it was a cat 1….half of a cat 4
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/show_plot.php?station=42058&meas=wspd&uom=E&time_diff=-5&time_label=EST

braddles
Reply to  Latitude
October 4, 2016 4:31 pm

The readings are one hour apart. It would be interesting to see higher resolution data.
In Australia we have seen a number of recent cyclones where the theoretical speed from models or high-altitude observations greatly exceeded any ground measurements. The media, however, only quotes the more sensational claims.

Latitude
Reply to  braddles
October 4, 2016 4:54 pm

Don’t think so Brad….it took three readings in the eye
If Matthew was traveling that slowly….it would have caught the peak wind too

Hugs
Reply to  braddles
October 4, 2016 10:42 pm

The media, of course, quotes the most sensational claim.

Richie
Reply to  braddles
October 5, 2016 8:29 am

The media ignore the inconvenient truth about Matthew: it’s a very compact storm. As of 1200 UTC 05Oct16, the band of hurricane winds is only 40 miles wide, and 150 miles out, winds are under 50 knots. The 100+ wind band may be only a few miles wide. The storm may bisect the Bahamas, but even there, most folks will likely experience winds that are sub-hurricane strength. (Still, the holding is poor, and my sympathies to anyone anchored out during this event. Been there, been done by that.) …. This is only the Armageddon of the Week, of course, but p-u-h-l-e-e-z.

Catcracking
Reply to  Latitude
October 4, 2016 5:17 pm

Latitude,
Excellent point.
I have been wondering about the same thing. I have seen others report buoy data much less than reported wind velocities per NOAA. The planes are flying well above ground and everyone knows that the velocity increases with elevation. How do they transpose data at higher elevations to ground level. Also from an engineering viewpoint we know that wind speeds are reported as the fastest measured mile as well a 3-5 second gusts which are higher. As an engineer, I am well aware the design wind velocities have been raised by various codes over the years. For example I know of one location in NJ that has raised the design wind velocity to 100 mph from 88 mph for new structures. There are very few structures designed for 145 mph.
From NOAA
Maximum Sustained Surface Wind:
The standard measure of a tropical cyclone’s intensity. When the term is applied to a particular weather system, it refers to the highest one-minute average wind (at an elevation of 10 meters with an unobstructed exposure) associated with that weather system at a particular point in time.

Catcracking
Reply to  Catcracking
October 4, 2016 5:39 pm

As to the impact of wind, the pressure/force on a structure is calculated base on wind velocity squared, so the impact of higher wind velocities is significant. Data for NYC is below, nothing like 140 mph.
ASCE 7-10 Windspeeds
(3-sec peak gust in mph*):
Risk Category I: 105
Risk Category II: 115
Risk Category III-IV: 122
MRI** 10-Year: 76
MRI** 25-Year: 85
MRI** 50-Year: 90
MRI** 100-Year: 96
ASCE 7-05 Windspeed:
104 (3-sec peak gust in mph)
ASCE 7-93 Windspeed:
80 (fastest mile in mph)
http://windspeed.atcouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&dec=1&latitude=40.7127837&longitude=-74.0059413&risk_category_i=105&risk_category_ii=115&risk_category_iii=122&mri_10_year=76&mri_25_year=85&mri_50_year=90&mri_100_year=96&asce_705=104&asce_793=80&zoom=4&maptype=roadmap

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Latitude
October 4, 2016 5:32 pm

The question would be how wide is the buoy. Since it can only record winds that hit it directly within that width perhaps it doesn’t record enough of a sample.

Latitude
Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 4, 2016 5:42 pm

Tom, it got both sides of the eye…it had to have gotten both sides of the eye wall

Catcracking
Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 4, 2016 5:44 pm

I am sure the width of the buoy is not a factor for equipment measuring wind speed since the max is measured over a long period of time.
Buoy data is widely used and trusted by Mariners.

Latitude
Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 4, 2016 5:49 pm

I don’t follow you…..the buoy is not wider than the eye
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42058

Owen in GA
Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 4, 2016 6:48 pm

Latitude,
Check the coordinates on that Buoy (14.923N 74.918W)…250 miles +/- south south west of Haiti – The storm took a right turn just as it got there and was only called a cat 2 when it was down there. It didn’t really start blowing up until it started drifting north.
Unless someone is adjusting the data, the drop sondes do a pretty good job on pressure, temperature, dew point and wind speed. (or at least they did in the 80’s when I worked with them.) The AFR reported the wind speed at the highest point in the forward right hand eye wall as per protocol. It is possible for the eye to pass a ground station in a weaker area of the wall and not be anywhere near the peak quadrant wind speed. It is also possible to catch the hurricane during an eye wall regeneration phase where speeds collapse then rebuild. hurricanes are extremely chaotic environments. (It is also possible someone is monkeying with the data, but I have seen no evidence of that in the NHC reporting.)

Reply to  Latitude
October 4, 2016 5:54 pm

It’s funny that you mentioned that. I noticed that Matthew’s pressure did not really match the Cat 5 levels that you would expect. The lowest pressure that Matthew has seen is 934 hPA. That’s pretty low, but most Cat 5 hurricanes get lower than that.
There have been 31 Category 5 hurricanes since they’ve started tracking them. In that time, only two had the lowest pressure reading above Matthew. (Felix in 2007 peaked at 929 hPa.)
It makes me wonder if they have calibrated some of their standards to make Matthew a higher rating than it would have been in the past.

Reply to  Latitude
October 4, 2016 6:41 pm

Latitude, buoy 42058 only has a 5 m (16 ft) wind mast and reported steep waves to 10.3 m (34 ft) at the time of the highest wind report of 33 m/s gusting to 41 m/s (74 mph gusting to 92 mph). I can imagine that little buoy was being tossed around badly by the waves and was measuring the wind while tilted much of the time and with the anemometer well below the top of the waves most of the time. The high waves should greatly reduce the wind speed at the buoy measurement height. Chances are the winds were much higher at 10 m above the wave tops.
Trying to measure winds near the surface in an intense hurricane is quite a challenge. Kudos to NOAA that the rugged buoy made it through the storm with no indication of any damage. A photo of the buoy and latest data are here:
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42058
Last 5 days of hourly data here:
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/5day2/42058_5day.txt
NOAA has another smaller buoy 42T58 that was located not far to the east of 42058 that did not fare so well in the storm with the wind data going missing around the height of the storm:
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42T58
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/5day2/42T58_5day.txt

Reply to  oz4caster
October 5, 2016 2:29 am

+++++ and there is your best answer.
Now if any of these proposed offshore wind farms get built & are allowed to report wind speed from their onboard anemometer (not the generator blades!), since they have a rigid pole to stand on, it would be interesting what winds they report…just before they are destroyed by the wind/waves 😉

Robert W Turner
Reply to  Latitude
October 4, 2016 7:19 pm

The same say that the El Reno tornado became the biggest tornado evah, why measure it when you can simply “guess” based on radar.

Billy Liar
Reply to  Latitude
October 5, 2016 11:36 am

The 10 meter wind as Matthew crossed the buoy was 70kts, the same both sides of the eye:
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/show_plot.php?station=42058&meas=w10m&uom=E&time_diff=-5&time_label=EST
At 0900 UTC Matthew was 17 nautical miles north of the buoy. Here is an extract from HURRICANE MATTHEW FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 21:

HURRICANE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 15.2N 74.9W AT 03/0900Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 15 NM
PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTH OR 360 DEGREES AT 5 KT
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 943 MB
EYE DIAMETER 15 NM
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 115 KT WITH GUSTS TO 140 KT.
64 KT……. 25NE 25SE 20SW 25NW

There would appear to be a 45kt error between the measured value and the NHC estimate.

matthews revenge
Reply to  Latitude
October 7, 2016 12:06 pm

cuz they measure the winds from around 5000 ft

nankerphelge
October 4, 2016 4:45 pm

Cyclone Marcia was claimed at Cat 5 by the Australian BOM but many believe it was a weak Cat 3 at landfall. I wonder I wonder.

Ian G
Reply to  nankerphelge
October 5, 2016 12:28 am

From the BoM’s report on TC Marcia.
‘Yeppoon also received significant damage with the automatic weather station recording a maximum sustained wind speed (10 minute average) of 65 knots (120 km/h), or the equivalent of a category 3 system, as the category 4 centre of Marcia passed to the west.’
Since when are 120km/h winds a Cat 3 – the wind speed is a Cat 1 only. I remember the highest wind gust was 132km/h on Middle Percy Is. The higher winds etc were based on computer estimates only.
Back in the day, all cyclones speeds were based on weather station data only.

George Hebbard
October 4, 2016 4:46 pm

Living in Florida, I often have Mike’s Weather Page open, http://www.spaghettimodels.com He does a real service…

H. D. Hoese
Reply to  George Hebbard
October 5, 2016 8:44 am

Very impressive array of useful information!

old44
October 4, 2016 5:07 pm

The warmunists will be wetting themselves with excitment at the prospect of major damage to an American city.

Jamie
Reply to  old44
October 4, 2016 5:48 pm

You know there probably some sicko climate scientists praying for this to hit the US as a major category storm so that they can blame it on climate change…..

nankerphelge
Reply to  Jamie
October 4, 2016 7:59 pm

That is exactly how it appears to me. “told you so” type of thought process.

Retired Engineer John
October 4, 2016 5:09 pm

The Earth Null School simulation shows this hurricane surrounded on three sides by a loop of wind that is flowing clockwise and is trying to turn the hurricane to the East. https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/250hPa/orthographic=-71.08,20.32,819
This is a simulation and I don’t know if it represents the real world.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Retired Engineer John
October 4, 2016 5:33 pm

What altitude are those winds?

stevekeohane
Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 4, 2016 5:44 pm

The GOES satellite plot shows the same winds now, check HDW-high:
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/eaus/flash-wv.html

Menicholas
Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 4, 2016 6:54 pm

That appears to be the 250 millibar level winds. Way high up.

PJD
Reply to  Retired Engineer John
October 4, 2016 5:39 pm

I agree, saw this on several charts earlier.

Reply to  Retired Engineer John
October 4, 2016 6:00 pm

Well, here in SE Georgia (on the coast, right at the Florida border), winds and rain have been coming from the NE and ENE all day. But I’m using uncalibrated Mk I eyeballs and wetted finger.

Toneb
Reply to  Latitude
October 5, 2016 1:18 am

An active cold front sweeping eastward. What you see is Cb outflow aloft (thick Ci cloud) in strong the S – SW’ly upper wind flow. At the S’ly tip you see an isolated Cb stream ( thunderstorms) – they seed themselves in lines often in this set-up by aligning updraft/downdrafts.
Essentially it is an upper front with colder air aloft advecting over warmer and destabilising the air-mass.

October 4, 2016 5:19 pm

The eye will dance up the coast just off the mainland until the outer banks of North Carolina which always gets hit by these types of hurricane tracks. (just a hunch, after seeing these since the early 1950’s).

David L. Hagen
October 4, 2016 5:35 pm

The spread in “spagetti” plots is symptomatic of the “challenge” in modeling coupled non-linear chaotic systems by Navier Stokes equations with very limited inaccurate (“uncertain”) data. That is compounded by poorly understood physics, especially of clouds. Predicting temperature into the next century will be about as “accurate”. Claiming otherwise is the height of hubris or political persuasion.

David L. Hagen
Reply to  David L. Hagen
October 4, 2016 5:37 pm

See Chaos & Climate – Part 3: Chaos & Models by Kip Hansen / September 4, 2016

“The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”

– IPCC TAR WG1, Working Group I: The Scientific Basis
For details see scientific papers

David L. Hagen
Reply to  David L. Hagen
October 4, 2016 5:44 pm

Chaos & Climate – Part 3: Chaos & Models by Kip Hansen / September 4, 2016
Posts by Tomas Milanovic etc. at Climate Etc.

tony mcleod
Reply to  David L. Hagen
October 4, 2016 5:47 pm

Apples and oranges David.
I can predict next month’s average maximum temp pretty accurately – about 27C, no hubris involved, but the maximum temp for Nov13th? Where I live it could be anywhere between about 20 and 35 (C).

Wim Röst
Reply to  tony mcleod
October 5, 2016 12:07 am

Climate is the average of 30 year weather. When you know the weather of the next 30 years, you know the climate. If you don’t know the next 30 year weather, you don’t know the future climate.

tony mcleod
Reply to  tony mcleod
October 5, 2016 4:37 am

No one “knows” anything about the future Wim, there are only probabilities. I stand by my “pretty accurate” prediction of “about 27C”.
Given the trend of the last few decades I can guess that next northern summer will see another very small patch of ice left in the Arctic. My guess is about 3.5 million Wadhams, second only to 2012 and below 3 not long after that. Do I “know” that? Of course not.
What would be your your guess for next year out of curiosity?

Wim Röst
Reply to  tony mcleod
October 5, 2016 10:34 am

Tony, I agree that no one knows. Me neither. The Earth’ temperature has always been fluctuating widely – without any influence of man. Knowing that fluctuation – and being able to predict the future of the behaviour of nature – should be the base for every prediction. And we don’t know. We don’t know enough about cycles in the behaviour of nature, but even if we should know, there always remain unknown and unpredictable factors. For us, weather has a ‘chaotic’ character. We cannot predict weather more than 3 days – look at the predictions for hurricane Matthew. Knowing about the future behaviour of the Earth is far out of our reach.
For the Arctic I don’t know whether last years cold or warm Arctic and Pacific subsurface waters have flown in. That would give an indication of the speed of the freezing to expect and an indication for the expected melt from below. I don’t know about the surface waters (currents) that will influence future freezing / melt. I don’t know about the behaviour of the many layers of the atmosphere that we can expect. What drives the fluctuating temperature of the stratosphere and what are the consequences? Etc. etc.
We passed the Holocene Optimum but also the Little Ice Age. We seem to be in a warming phase on the Northern Hemisphere (NH), but in the South the sea ice was growing in the same time. What, when we will get a switch next years? The subsurface Northern Atlantic Water seems to be cooling. But what will be the effect of all other influences?
It is a bit like predicting the future level of the Dow Jones Index. You can have studied economics, can have all the dates of the firms represented in the Dow Jones Index (DJI), you can have acces to all economic data there are and you can make models about everything inclusive the expected behaviour of man, but can any one of us predict the DJI at let’s say May 15 2017, two hours 15 minutes after opening? Exactly? And if there is one of our 7 billion, will he/she be able to do the an equal accurate prediction for May 24 2017? No, we simply can’t, we simply don’t know, not for 2017 and absolutely not for the year 2100. We only know that the DJI goes up and goes down and a bit more up than down in the last century. But that’s it. We know that last century temperatures went a bit more up than down especially on the NH, but that is it too.
Of course I could make a guess about future ice in the Arctic. But a guess is but a guess. I like the present warming and so far this warming has been very benificial to mankind. I love the extra CO2 – nature is flourishing and our famines are becoming less and less, at least partly because of our CO2 fertilisation. And I am not worried about the present gradual rise in temperatures as measured by our satellites. I even will not be worried when somewhere in the future the Arctic would be completely ice free for some weeks or more. Water looses more heat than ice, Earth will have an extra possibility to ‘transpirate’ it’s extra heat and so stabilize her temperature.
But I won’t be surprised as well when we should see, let’s say five years from now, a certain recovery of ice in the Arctic and a certain diminishing sea ice on the Antarctic side. That could be part of one of the cycles.
And because I don’t know and because for now I am not worried about the Earth and our climate, I will wait and watch. And try to understand, because it is after all a very interesting puzzle, our ever changing climate.

tony mcleod
Reply to  tony mcleod
October 5, 2016 5:14 pm

Thank you for your considered response. Look, I agree with almost everything you say there, except I am probably a little more concerned than you if the temps continue rise too much. I agree a little warming wont hurt but there is a chance that more warming has already been ‘baked in’. I hope I am wrong.

Wim Röst
Reply to  tony mcleod
October 5, 2016 7:09 pm

Tony, before I started checking the facts, I was worried too. UAH and RSS satellite data give no reason to worry. No model predicts well. When there should be dangerous warming we could see that because land margins everywhere would inundate – which is predicted to happen right now. But check on the aqua monitor: nothing is happening in the last thirty years: http://aqua-monitor.appspot.com/ For example, the sparsely populated area’s south east of the mouth of the Amazone (the current is heading north-west) are gaining land. Not what is predicted. Always predictions fail completely or are extremely exaggerated. A GOVERNMENT FUNDED fear machine is working, but, checking the facts, nothing dangerous remains.
(the dangerous things for now, like failing coast protection, are not in the picture. We have to look at 2100, while ‘models’ when we change the input of the model with one trillionth of a degree – really, one trillionth – give completely contrary results after 50 year or less. So no one can look forward to 2100, the Earth does what it does)

David L. Hagen
Reply to  tony mcleod
October 9, 2016 1:18 pm

Tony McLeod. What about for November average in 2216?
25C, 27C, or 29C?

clipe
October 4, 2016 5:39 pm

http://i.flhurricane.com/images/2016/BryanNorcrossMatthew-Nicole.png
Re: Hurricane Matthew Approaching Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas, Florida Threat [Re: Colleen A.]
#97251 – Tue Oct 04 2016 08:20 PM
“Recon isn’t finding anything remotely close to 140 mph at flight level, let alone the surface.”
http://i.flhurricane.com/images/2016/Matthew10-4LatestATCF.png

Latitude
Reply to  clipe
October 4, 2016 6:30 pm

Bryan hasn’t been well since Andrew

October 4, 2016 5:50 pm

Recon from Hurricane Hunter aircraft can be checked here:
http://www.tropicaltidbits.com/recon/recon_AF303-2114A-MATTHEW_timeseries.png
Looks like they ARE finding significant winds at flight level. Correlated with the Cat rating of the storm.

October 4, 2016 5:51 pm

Recon data can be found here:
http://www.tropicaltidbits.com/recon/recon_AF303-2114A-MATTHEW_timeseries.png
Looks like flight-level winds do support Cat4 label for the storm.

Billy Liar
Reply to  Rob Shearer
October 5, 2016 11:54 am

Those are 10 second windspeeds (= gusts) not the 1 minute sustained speed which fix the category of the storm.

Walter Sobchak
October 4, 2016 6:02 pm

I like the Weather Underground maps. They tend to be more brightly colored and have thiker lines than the ones above:
https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2016/Hurricane-Matthew?map=modelcomment image

Bill Illis
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
October 5, 2016 4:52 am

GFS now has this hurricane looping back and basically staying next to Florida for a whole week. Wow, that would be a bad day.

emsnews
October 4, 2016 6:30 pm

I have lived through a fair number of bad really bad hurricanes including right on the edge of the continent, less than 500 feet from high tide. Hurricanes are extremely erratic since they make their own weather ‘bed’ and can brush aside even cold waves, etc. They are highly dangerous and dangers are many.
In one major hurricane, a huge tree in my backyard was literally yanked out of the ground and dropped between the carriage house and my grand ‘mansion’ house I was renovating. It was a very close call indeed.
One hurricane dropped over 20 inches of rain and all the rivers and streams and everything was overflowing and we couldn’t travel anywhere for days (hurricane Sandy, everyone!). Bad storm. Hurricanes are no joke, prepare for the worse and pray for the best.

RoHa
October 4, 2016 6:31 pm

So Global Warming causes an increase in spaghetti plots? It’s worse that we thought!

Phil R
Reply to  RoHa
October 4, 2016 7:12 pm

heh, nice chuckle!

Pop Piasa
Reply to  RoHa
October 4, 2016 7:12 pm

Spaghetti stories?

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 4, 2016 7:15 pm

Just insert Matthew instead of meatball…

October 4, 2016 6:47 pm

Call me a cynic, but the press turned Sandy into a Major hurricane !!! Eleventy!… for politics. I have no faith in the NOAA, or anyone else not to fudge the numbers higher… because there will be some damage… but cameras will show the worst… states (FLORIDA, cough cough ) will demand and receive massive federal aid…. all a month before the election. Then about Thanksgiving, NOAA will put out a press release saying it really wasn’t that bad of a Hurricane afterall. But don’t doubt global warming caused by deniers!

yam
October 4, 2016 6:58 pm

Joe B. on Twitter is saying Matthew is not looking like a cat. 4.
And that a non-tropical system off NC will move west/onshore with unkindness.

clipe
October 4, 2016 7:16 pm

What if the worry is misplaced?
2:07 PM ADT Tuesday 04 October 2016
Tropical cyclone information statement for:
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
Québec - south:
Îles-de-la-Madeleine
For Hurricane Matthew.
The next information statement will be issued by 3:00 p.m. ADT Wednesday 5 October.
The public is strongly encouraged to pay close attention to the weather forecasts this week as Hurricane Matthew moves northward.
Matthew is expected to move northward along the eastern seaboard approaching the Maritimes this Thanksgiving weekend. At this time, it is too early to be specific regarding the precise track of the storm. We encourage the public to closely monitor the evolution of the forecast over the next few days. As the weekend approaches there will be greater confidence in the specifics of the storm.

Bryan A
Reply to  clipe
October 4, 2016 7:38 pm

Interesting though Matthew would be a long lived storm if it took until Thanksgiving weekend to reach the Maritimes as that is about 7 weeks away

Matt Bergin
Reply to  Bryan A
October 4, 2016 8:42 pm

The Canadian thanksgiving is this weekend. It is a little cooler up here so we harvest early.

Robert W Turner
October 4, 2016 7:22 pm

Some of the best sprites I’ve ever seen coming out of this storm two days ago.
http://content-img.newsinc.com/jpg/1289/31462655/44415009.jpg?t=1475492160

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Robert W Turner
October 4, 2016 7:33 pm

Robert, I’m going to ask the question in this thread also.
Do sprites and related phenomena represent energy exiting the storm or a “charging system to the storm, or are they static in their energy relationship to the wind velocities?

Pop Piasa
October 4, 2016 7:26 pm

Is anybody else watching the models at earth.nullchool.net on this? They don’t support the surface velocity claims. The claimed wind speeds match the 860 hPa model.

Catcracking
Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 4, 2016 8:51 pm

Pop..
Thanks for the link, I found it to be fascinating. Is that displaying at a fixed time or is it always current? What elevation does it represent, or just the maximum.
I notice that the wind speed on the west side of the hurricane has a much lower velocity, and according to Joe Bastardi, he predicted that would happen because of the high elevation of the land mass disrupting the hurricane winds on the west side. I need to check again, I thought this difference in velocity would steer the track to the west when it leaves Cuba. If Joe is around, maybe he can correct me.
I wish someone could explain the difference betwee this data and the 140 mph claimed by NOAA. It is misleading if the ground wind velocities are less.

tony mcleod
Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 4, 2016 9:38 pm

Cat, click on the Earth box bottom left, heaps of options to explore.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 4, 2016 9:56 pm

thanks for that great link. fascinating info

Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 4, 2016 11:23 pm

@Catcracking, you can also move the cursor to various spots on the plot and get different “reads” the deeper the red color the higher the wind speed, yes it is fascinating but I am not sure how up to date the readings are, at one time there was a three hour lag. Not sure if that has changed but you are right, fascinating and the menu gives you lots of options, click on EARTH and it opens.

Catcracking
Reply to  asybot
October 5, 2016 10:07 am

Thanks, yes I did click on a number of locations and that really impressed me that such data is available. I will use it as a boater to get a better understanding than is available elsewhere for winds. I will now try “earth” per your suggestion.

Charles Nelson
October 4, 2016 7:28 pm

I’m saying Killarney, sometime the saturday after next.

October 4, 2016 9:19 pm

The winds on the west side in the NH are less because the forward motion of the Hurricane wind speed is subtracted on the left (west) and added to the wind speed on the right (east).
So (if the wind speed of the hurricane is 100 mph) at 10 mph the west side would be 90 mph and the east side would be 110 mph…I shouldn’t even have to post this…

Catcracking
Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
October 5, 2016 8:54 am

J Philip..
Yes you are correct, I guess I did not explain well what I understood from Bastardi. At the time I was looking at it the western side of the storm was being degraded by the land mass of Cuba which is exactly what Joe predicted. He also accurately predicted the western movement as the storm as it moved off Cuba’s coast because the west side of the storm was no longer being degraded.
What you said is also true, but the difference was greater than the actual forward motion of the Hurricane which was small at that time so Bastardi’s point was 100% correct.
Go here if you want some of the nuances Bastardi provides not obvious to most.
http://www.weatherbell.com/

ren
October 4, 2016 11:31 pm
oppti
October 4, 2016 11:52 pm

Nobel price winners i physics talk about one and two holes in a sheet. Ok now Matthew has a twin further north-east. That may alter the strength and path.

ren
October 4, 2016 11:57 pm

Circulation in the stratosphere shows the blockade of the Atlantic.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/stratosphere/strat_a_f/gif_files/gfs_t30_nh_f00.png

ren
October 5, 2016 12:03 am
October 5, 2016 3:39 am

Read the latest official NHC 5:00AM EST discussion for Oct. 5, 2016. Again, not one word about actual surface level wind speeds. Surely by now NHC has real live data showing actual recorded surface wind speeds which it will not make public. It relies on conclusory estimates from models. This doesn’t seem to make sense. Why not use the best data available to report storm intensity to the public?

Andrew Bennett
October 5, 2016 4:42 am
tony mcleod
October 5, 2016 4:58 am

Several models now sending Michael up the coast then back in a loop to the Bahamas.

Rick Liebler
October 5, 2016 7:28 am

The strange thing I’ve noticed, and I live near the Space center, is the models move west each night and east during the day. If anyone has an answer for that I’d love to hear it.

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