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Tracking Delta – 2020 Hurricane Season

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ATTENTION: The NHC has issued it's last advisory on Delta as of 10-10-2020. All Graphics and Information on this page will eventually cease to update.

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NHC Public Advisory on Delta
  • Thu, 20 Jun 2024 20:43:01 +0000: Atlantic Remnants Of Alberto Advisory Number 13 - Atlantic Remnants Of Alberto Advisory Number 13

    000
    WTNT31 KNHC 202042
    TCPAT1

    BULLETIN
    Remnants Of Alberto Advisory Number 13
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL012024
    400 PM CDT Thu Jun 20 2024

    ...CIRCULATION OF ALBERTO HAS DISSIPATED...
    ...HEAVY RAINS AND FLASH FLOODING CONTINUE IN NORTHEASTERN MEXICO...
    ...THIS IS THE LAST ADVISORY ON THIS SYSTEM...


    SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
    ----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...22.3N 102.0W
    ABOUT 260 MI...420 KM W OF TAMPICO MEXICO
    ABOUT 380 MI...615 KM SW OF BROWNSVILLE TEXAS
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...30 MPH...45 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 24 MPH...39 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES


    WATCHES AND WARNINGS
    --------------------
    CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

    None.

    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

    There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


    DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
    ----------------------
    At 400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the remnants of Alberto were located near
    latitude 22.3 North, longitude 102.0 West. The remnants are moving
    toward the west near 24 mph (39 km/h), and this motion is expected
    to continue through tonight.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts.

    The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches).


    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
    ----------------------
    Key messages for Alberto can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
    Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT1 and WMO header WTNT41 KNHC.

    RAINFALL: Rainfall associated with Alberto will continue to diminish
    across southern Texas tonight, with additional rainfall totals
    generally 1 inch or less. Heavy rainfall will continue to impact
    northeast Mexico today, with rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches
    expected. Maximum rainfall totals around 20 inches are possible
    across the higher terrain of the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo
    Leon, and Tamaulipas.

    For a complete depiction of forecast rainfall and flash flooding
    associated with Alberto, please see the National Weather Service
    Storm Total Rainfall Graphic, available at
    hurricanes.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?rainqpf and the Flash Flood Risk
    graphic at hurricanes.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?ero

    STORM SURGE: Water levels remain elevated along the Texas coast
    but will begin to subside through tonight.

    SURF: Swells generated by Alberto will affect the coast of Texas
    and northeastern Mexico through Friday. These swells are
    likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
    Please consult products from your local weather office.


    NEXT ADVISORY
    -------------
    This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane
    Center on this system. Additional information on this system can be
    found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service,
    under AWIPS header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and online at
    ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.php

    $$
    Forecaster Kelly

NHC Forecast Advisory on Delta
  • Thu, 20 Jun 2024 20:42:31 +0000: Atlantic Remnants of ALBERTO Forecast/Advisory Num... - Atlantic Remnants of ALBERTO Forecast/Advisory Number 13 NWS NATIONAL Hurricane CENTER MIAMI FL AL012024 2100 UTC THU JUN 20 2024 REMNANTS OF CENTER LOCATED NEAR 22.3N 102.0W AT 20/2100Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 40 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST OR 270 DEGREES AT 21 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1000 MB MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO 35 KT. 12 FT SEAS..390NE 0SE 0SW 0NW. WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT. REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 22.3N 102.0W AT 20/2100Z AT 20/1800Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 22.3N 100.9W FORECAST VALID 21/0600Z...DISSIPATED REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 22.3N 102.0W THIS IS THE LAST FORECAST/Advisory ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER ON THIS SYSTEM. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC. $$ FORECASTER KELLY

    000
    WTNT21 KNHC 202042
    TCMAT1

    REMNANTS OF ALBERTO FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 13
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012024
    2100 UTC THU JUN 20 2024

    REMNANTS OF CENTER LOCATED NEAR 22.3N 102.0W AT 20/2100Z
    POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 40 NM

    PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST OR 270 DEGREES AT 21 KT

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1000 MB
    MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO 35 KT.
    12 FT SEAS..390NE 0SE 0SW 0NW.
    WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
    MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

    REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 22.3N 102.0W AT 20/2100Z
    AT 20/1800Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 22.3N 100.9W

    FORECAST VALID 21/0600Z...DISSIPATED

    REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 22.3N 102.0W

    THIS IS THE LAST FORECAST/ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
    CENTER ON THIS SYSTEM. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE
    FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
    SERVICE...UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.


    $$
    FORECASTER KELLY


NHC Discussion on Delta
  • Thu, 20 Jun 2024 20:43:56 +0000: Atlantic Remnants Of Alberto Discussion Number 13 - Atlantic Remnants Of Alberto Discussion Number 13

    000
    WTNT41 KNHC 202043
    TCDAT1

    Remnants Of Alberto Discussion Number 13
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL012024
    400 PM CDT Thu Jun 20 2024

    Satellite imagery depicts deep convection continues to produce heavy
    rainfall over the higher terrain in Mexico. Satellite data and
    limited surface observations depict that the circulation of Alberto
    has dissipated. Thus, the system is no longer a tropical cyclone,
    and this is the last advisory. The winds are set to 25 kt with this
    advisory, based off average inland decay and surface observations.

    The remnants of Alberto will continue to produce heavy rainfall
    over northeastern Mexico with life-threatening flooding and
    mudslides likely.

    Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas
    Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service, under AWIPS
    header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and online at
    ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.php

    Key Messages:

    1. Rainfall associated with Alberto will continue to diminish
    tonight across southern Texas. However, heavy rainfall will continue
    to impact northeastern Mexico, and Life-threatening flooding and
    mudslides are likely in and near areas of higher terrain across the
    Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas, including
    the cities of Monterrey and Ciudad Victoria.

    2. Water levels remain elevated along the Texas coast but will begin
    to subside through tonight.

    3. Swells generated by the remnants of Alberto will continue to
    affect the coast of Texas and northeastern Mexico through Friday.
    These swells are producing life-threatening surf and rip current
    conditions.


    FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

    INIT 20/2100Z 22.3N 102.0W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
    12H 21/0600Z...DISSIPATED

    $$
    Forecaster Kelly

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