Intense Hurricane-Force Storm over North Atlantic

A rapidly deepening storm over the western North Atlantic, northeast of Newfoundland, will deepen to a 928 mb hurricane-force storm by 1200 UTC 7th off the southeast coast of Greenland with winds up to 90 knots possible between the Greenland coast and the low center.

  Significant wave heights could build up to 18 meters (59 feet).

By comparison, he 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 Significant Wave Height Forecast

How unusual is this?

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. NOAA Ocean Prediction Center  issues a “Hurricane Force Wind Warning”  when sustained winds, or frequent gusts, of 64 knots (74 mph) or greater, either predicted or occurring, and not directly associated with a tropical cyclone.”

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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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