Fading CLAUDETTE causes a gloomy day in Newfoundland
General overview Wednesday 15th July 2015
Disturbance fourteen has split apart into a few weak troughs as it reached the western Caribbean and has had its day. There will be some fairly heavy rainfall in the area for the next 24 hours, but the overall structure has gone west, as they say, and no development is expected.
An aerial reconnaissance aircraft has reported in the last few minutes that extratropical storm CLAUDETTE has dissipated somewhere to the south-east of Newfoundland.What remains will dissipate over the next 24 hours. In the meantime, there will be a period of near gale force winds of up to 35 knots off Newfoundland, with heavy rain and a stiff breeze ashore making for a fairly miserable and depressing day. A normal day, if you know St John's.
Disturbance twelve is now centred around two days steaming east of the Leeward Islands and moving west at a brisk 22 knots. Upper level wind shear and a reckless groundspeed will put paid to any ideas of development but this will bring enhanced showers to the eastern Caribbean. A new disturbance has formed from a tropical wave just a half day short of the mid-Atlantic and is moving west along the well-worn track at around 10 knots. Conditions remain generally unfavourable for development for the time being.