Earl Now a Hurricane

NOAA NHC has upgraded Earl to a hurricane. A NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft just reached Earl and measured maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (65 knots) – a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Earl is centered as of 4 p.m. CDT about 70 miles (110 km) northeast of Isla Roatan, Honduras, and about 150 miles (240 km) east of Belize City, Belize. On the forecast track, the core of Earl will continue to pass near the Honduras Bay Islands during the next few hours, and then make landfall in Belize tonight or early Thursday.  

About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic 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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