Major North Atlantic Hurricane-Force Storm expected

NOAA OPC 48 hour Surface Forecast

A rapidly developing 992 mb storm low is expected just off the coast of Newfoundland by 00UTC/6th and is forecast to move northeastward deepening to a 928 mb hurricane-force storm to the west-south west of Iceland by 12UTC/7th. 

NOAA OPC 96 Hour Surface Forecast



This system may produce hurricane force winds (to over 80 knots) and significant wave heights building up to 16 meters (over 52 feet) south of the center.  

By contrast, the Braer storm of January 1993 was the deepest ever recorded cyclone outside of the Tropics with a minimum core pressure of 914 mb.



NOAA OPC 96 hour Surface Forecast



Is this Normal?

Each winter season has, on average, about 37 non-tropical hurricane force wind events occur over the North Pacific and about 45 events over the North Atlantic.  Read more about winter hurricanes here .


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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