Rapidly developing hurricane force storm off US East Coast

NOAA OPC Surface Forecast for 1200UTC Tuesday 31 Jan. 2017

NOAA OPC Surface Forecast for 1200UTC Tuesday 31 Jan. 2017

The low pressure center that moved off the US East Coast will deepen rapidly producing Storm to hurricane force winds (50-75 knots) with seas building 24-52 feet (about 7-16 meters) south of the center during the next 48 hours.  This will adversely affect westbound ship traffic approaching the US East Coast.

 

NOAA OPC 48 hour sea height forecast for 1200UTC 01 Feb 2017

NOAA OPC 48 hour sea height forecast for 1200UTC 01 Feb 2017

This storm will spread hurricane force winds and high seas eastward into the eastern North Atlantic waters by the 2nd affecting shipping traffic westbound out of the English Channel.

North Atlantic surface forecast 0000UTC 02 Feb. 2017

North Atlantic surface forecast 0000UTC 02 Feb. 2017

About Fred Pickhardt

Fred Pickhardt, Marine Meteorologist I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. I have extensive experience in marine weather analysis, marine weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic marine weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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