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Old 08-28-2018, 09:30 PM
 
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28Aug18 5pHST/8pPDT/11pEDT: Tropical Depression 16E has organized enough to become Tropical Storm Norman off the West Mexico coast, west of Socorro Island. Estimated winds 50mph(85km/h), moving WNW 10mph(17km/h), pressure 1000mb. Located about 455miles(730km) SW of S Tip of Baja.

Warm waters and low shear = likely to quickly strengthen. NHC notes rapid intensification is highly probable as it continues to move away from the Mexico coast. Hawaii should keep an eye on this one as it crosses the Pacific...track would definitely get it near the islands in time, question is how close.
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-ntrack.jpg


Intensity guidance models:
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-n1.jpg


Official updates for Eastern North Pacific basin storms comes from the US National Hurricane Center based in Miami, FL. Updates are issued at 2 & 8am/pmPDT (5 & 11am/pmHST/EDT) (If Watches/Warnings issued then updates are also added at 5 & 11am/pmPDT(2 & 8am/pmHST/EDT)) here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac

Once Lane crosses 140W on the maps it will then be in the Central Pacific where updates will be supplied from: Central Pacific Hurricane Center - Honolulu, Hawai`i

Cone map (Shows: Current storm wind field at storm center(orange: winds 39mph+, red: 74mph+), Classification (Black/white dots with letters: "D" = Depression, "S" = Tropical Storm, "H" = Cat1 or Cat2 Hurricane, "M" = Major Hurricane (Cat3+)), any coastal tropical Watches/Warnings, and the "cone" is where the center of the storm could be over time (it's NOT the size of the storm), effects of the storm can be felt outside this area):
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-n1map.jpg

Satellite imagery Links (and a random sample from each):
-GOES 16 (GOESeast) until it gets too far West (Out newest operational weather satellite): https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES/index.php
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-goes16geonight.jpg

-Tropical Tidbits: https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/sat/
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-goes16tt.jpg

-GOESwest (**Older one that will be replaced by GOES17**): GOES West Satellite Imagery - Satellite Services Division / Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-gwovld.jpg
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-gwoldvis.jpg

-GOESwest (New "GOES17" JUST came into 'non-operational' access!! We're in! Limited imagery but it's coming out finally! And after suffering a cooling failure which knocked most of its channels offline it's been brought back to some degree...some imagery will be limited based on temps): https://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bi...roduct=11p20um
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-goes17wv.jpg
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:09 PM
 
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29Aug18 11aHST/2pPDT/5pEDT - Estimated winds 75mph(120km/h), moving W 9mph(15km/h), pressure 987mb. Cat1 Hurricane.


GOESeast(GOES16) Geo-Color image this evening:
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-norman.jpg
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:57 AM
 
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30Aug18 2aPDT/5aEDT - Estimated winds 115mph(185km/h), moving W 7mph(11km/h), pressure 964mb. There's the rapid intensification...now just enough for a Cat3.

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Models in fairly tight agreement on track, although effects on Hawaii cannot be ruled out, model guidance suggest the storm will go just North of Hawaii next week. But will watch to make sure that doesn't change.
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Old 08-30-2018, 06:41 AM
 
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30Aug18 5aPDT/8aEDT - Rapid intensification continues and a special advisory was issued to update storm stats: Estimated winds 145mph(230km/h), moving W 8mph(13km/h), pressure 942mb. Strong Cat4 now.
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Old 08-31-2018, 06:34 AM
 
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31Aug18 2aPDT/5aEDT Estimated winds 140mph(220km/h), moving WSW 9mph(15km/h), pressure 946mb. Looks like Norman peaked at around 150mph after rapid intensification. Majority of models still take a weaker storm North of Hawaii but should keep an eye on it in case something were to change.

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Old 09-01-2018, 04:16 AM
 
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1Sept18 2aPDT/5aEDT Estimated winds 110mph(175km/h), moving W 8mph(13km/h), pressure 966mb.
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Old 09-03-2018, 07:16 AM
 
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3Sept18 2aPDT/5aEDT (2Sept18 11pHST) Estimated winds 125mph(205km/h), moving WNW 20mph(31km/h), pressure 955mb. Weakening once more after it ramped back up again. Strong Cat3 currently. Generally steady weakening overall expected from here on out. Located about 1,335miles(2,150km) E of Hilo, HI. Hurricane force winds extend out only 35miles(55km from storm center).

Will cross 140W into the Central Pacific soon, which would transfer responsibility from the NHC to the CPHC. Overall guidance supports storm not affecting Hawaii, but I would still keep an eye on it to make sure the track doesn't shift a little more westward.

Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-h1.jpg

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Old 09-03-2018, 08:42 PM
 
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3Sept18 5pHST/8pPDT/11pEDT - Estimated winds 90mph(150km/h), moving W 21mph(33km/h), pressure 979mb.

Norman is about to cross 140W which transfers responsibility from NHC to CPHC and updates will next be issued at same times here: Central Pacific Hurricane Center - Honolulu, Hawai`i
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:05 AM
 
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4Sept18 5pHST/8pPDT/11pEDT - Estimated winds 80mph(130km/h), moving W 12mph(19km/h), pressure 984mb. Large swells expected to reach Hawaii Tuesday evening through the week. NOAA Hurricane Hunter Gulfstream aircraft NOAA9 ("Gonzo") has been out taking measurements around the region for better modeling data.

Probability map of seeing Tropical Storm force winds (39+mph):
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-_prob.jpg

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Old 09-05-2018, 11:46 PM
 
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5Sept18 5pHST/8pPDT/11pEDT - Norman with a last minute burst of energy there. Estimated winds 120mph(195km/h), moving WNW 9mph(15km/h), pressure 960mb.
Pacific - Norman forms August 28, 2018-img_3307.png
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