Satellite Liaison Blog

Forecasters at the Atlantic High Seas desk at the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) were challenged by a very large, strong storm that encompassed much of the North Atlantic. This storm was so large, if it was over the U.S., more than 2/3 of the U.S. would have been affected in some way. At maximum intensity, the storm deepened to 948 mb southeast of Greenland and had a very expansive area of storm force winds (greater than 50 knots or 60 mph) and wave heights greater than 35 ft over a large chunk of the North Atlantic!

A forecast concern that was raised during this event was whether the storm would produce hurricane-force conditions at any point. I talked with one of the forecasters (Hugh McRandall – OPC) and we tried to use the stratospheric intrusion as an indicator and I received some supporting AIRS Total Column Ozone Retrievals from Brad…

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