The tropical Atlantic got its 7th named storm of the 2012 season this morning. Gordon developed over the open Atlantic and has intensified into a 50 mph tropical storm. As of 11 a.m. it was 640 miles east of Bermuda, heading northeast at 16 mph.
The National Hurricane Center predicts Gordon will become a hurricane Saturday, but its track projection keeps it over the eastern Atlantic. By early next week, it is forecast to transition to an extra-tropical storm and could impact Europe later in the week.
Gordon is the same system new CWG hurricane specialist Brian McNoldy discussed last week as it emerged off the African coast.
“[The system] has been in a very hostile environment for the past week, but finally escaped the Saharan Air Layer that contained the choking dry low-mid level air,” McNoldy said this morning.
Wunderground’s Jeff Masters noted Gordon is the 5th earliest occurring 7th named storm in the tropical Atlantic on record. Due in part to the fast start to this year’s hurricane season, NOAA recently increased its prediction for the number of storms to expect through November (the season’s conclusion) to 12-17 (from 9-15).
Greg Postel named hurricane specialist at the Weather Channel
Greg Postel, who served as Capital Weather Gang’s hurricane expert for the past two years, has been hired by the Weather Channel (TWC) as its new on-camera hurricane specialist. His on-air debut on TWC was Sunday, August 5. You can catch him doing hurricane updates several times most days at 50 past the hour.
Link: Getting to Know Hurricane Specialist Dr. Greg Postel (The Weather Channel)
Brian McNoldy joins the Capital Weather Gang as a hurricane specialist
Brian is a tropical weather researcher at the University of Miami. He writes his own tropical weather blog that he has maintained since 1996. He has also contributed tropical weather blog posts to the New York Times. Brian earned his M.S.. in atmospheric science from Colorado State and has more than a decade of research experience in tropical weather and has published many peer reviewed studies.