Update: Dangerous North Atlantic Hurricane Force Storm Expected

NOAA OPC Surface Forecast Chart for 1800 UTC 18 Feb. 2018

Atlantic Storm Update

A rapidly deepening storm low is forecast off the USEC Sunday morning then tracks ENE to East with winds reaching 55-70 knots and seas to 10 meters (33 feet) by 1800 UTC 18th and winds off 60-75 knots and seas to 16 meters (52 feet) possible by 0000 UTC 20th over the Central North Atlantic.

Shipping Threat

The forecast for a relatively southerly storm track will cause issues for ship traffic between North Europe and Mediterranean ports to US East and Gulf Coast ports.  This system should be considered a dangerous storm.

NOAA OPC Significant Wave Forcecast 20th 0000UTC

For more information about storms like this, please read “The Other Hurricane Season”

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.
This entry was posted in Ocean Storms and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *