A massive and spectacular storm has explosively developed in the North Atlantic. The giant comma-shaped swirl expands across almost the entire ocean basin.
The storm rapidly intensified between Sunday and Monday. Its central pressure dropped 46 mb in 24 hours (from 1002 mb to 956 mb) – a textbook meteorological bomb. Late Monday, the storm’s pressure likely bottomed out around 948 mb which is comparable to levels in many category 3 hurricanes.
The National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center determined the storm has generated hurricane force winds just south of its center of circulation. The European model indicates maximum wave heights are around 40 feet in that zone!
Since achieving peak intensity late Monday, the storm’s pressure has slowly since risen to around 951 mb. Gradual weakening is forecast over the next few days before it likely brings stormy conditions to the northern British Isles Friday into the weekend.
Here are some more remarkable views of the storm:
And here’s an incredible animation of the storm’s development, from the Ocean Prediction Center: