Hurricane Force storms over North Atlantic Shipping Lanes

NOAA OPC 48 hour 500 mb forecast chart

A strong 500 mb jet is setting up west to east across the North Atlantic over the next couple of days near 40N latitude. This will favor strong storm development across the main North Atlantic shipping lanes. 

NOAA 48 hour Surface Forecast

Expecting storm to hurricane-force winds and significant wave heights to 16 meters (52 feet) moving eastward from the central North Atlantic towards the Bay of Biscay which will present problems routing ships between North Europe and Mediterranean ports to US East Coast and Gulf ports.

Lean more about using the 500 mb chart at sea.

NOAA OPC 48 hour Significant Wave Height forecast

72 hour Surface Forecast 

NOAA OPC 72 hour Surface Forecast

72 hour Wave Height

NOAA OPC 72 Hour Significant Wave Height Forecast





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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