Second Major Storm in a Week to Affect Atlantic Shipping

NOAA OPC Surface Analysis 1800 UTC 24 Feb 2018

A rapidly deepening major storm low is forecast to move southeastward from just south of Newfoundland Saturday to west-northwest of the Azores over the next 48 hours.  Winds are forecast to increase to 50-65 knots with seas building to 13 meters (42 feet) southwest of the center during the next 24 hours and 55-75 knots with seas to 15  meters (50 feet) west of the center within 48 hours.

NOAA OPC Surface Forcecast 1200UTC 26 Feb 2018

NOAA OPC Significant Wave Forecast for 1200UTC 26 Feb 2018

This will be a dangerous hurricane-force storm as it will  be moving through some of the main trans-Atlantic shipping lanes.

It  was less than  a week ago when another major  storm moved  through this part of the North Atlantic producing winds to 75 knots and seas to 19 meters (62 feet).    See

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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