16 September 2011

Maria becomes season's third hurricane

After 9 days in the deep tropics since it was first classified as a Depression, Maria was upgraded to a hurricane at 21Z yesterday... making it the 3rd of the season (after Irene and Katia).  The extratropical transition is underway, and though it won't be classified as a hurricane much longer, it will remain a powerful extratropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds as it heads across the northern Atlantic toward Greenland and Iceland.  As of 15Z today, it is a 65kt hurricane with a 983mb central pressure... located just offshore of Newfoundland and racing NE at 45kts.

You can follow Maria on radar (until it zips out of view anyway) at http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/radar/index_e.html?id=WTP

Also, we've gotten lucky again with a buoy... Buoy 44251 is presently just 34 miles west of the center, and is reporting the following as of this writing (you can follow up later and see the full trace at http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44251):

Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.

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