Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Tuesday 9pm update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in plain language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat. “

Jim writes:  This is your 9pm Dont Panic Weather Update: Dorian’s overall strength has dropped to a cat 2. It is hitting Florida with its weak western edge producing 30-40 mph sustained winds and short 65 mph gusts. Its following the projected track and should stay off the coast past Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In my last post I made listed Tues am instead of Wed am. Here’s the lastest max winds updated to show slightly lower windspeeds due to the dropping strength of Dorian. Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Tuesday 6pm update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in plain language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat. “

Jim writes:  This is the 6pm EDT update for the Dont Panic Weather Service, expect Dorian to continue to follow the predicted path but progressively lose strength and slightly gain speed especially once it heads NE instead of North. It will be gusty all night Tuesday, with winds from the North, once they turn NW you are getting the worst of the winds. When they turn west going into Wednesday the storm is moving past you and when they are out of the southwest late Wednesday the storm has past. Expect short gusts of up to 65 mph, the sustained winds much less. The max sustained windspeeds and times of arrival should be pretty close at this point: Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Tuesday 2pm update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in plain language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat. “

Jim writes:  This is a quick 2pm update for the Dont Panic Weather Service. Dorian is following its expected track. It should speed up slightly arriving at the predicted time to your city an hr or two early. Still will be wed before it’s past Florida. Wind speeds have dropped slightly. Expect a max sustained wind speed of 30 to 42. Max short gust 65 mph. Storm surge 2 to 7 most in the low range. Stay calm. The light is at the end of the tunnel! Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Tuesday 7am and 8am update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in plain language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat. “

Jim writes:  Good Morning! Time for the 7am Dont Panic Weather Update: Dorian is barely creeping out of the Bahamas northward still on track to give Florida a glancing blow. The projections have been calling for an incredibly slow movement and Dorian has lived up to the predictions. The timing and max winds speeds predicted last night are still valid. Expect gusty winds all day today with the max sustained winds less than 50mph coming out of the NW tonight then lots of gusty winds all day tomorrow out of the W and SW. Storm surge and beach erosion will mostly happen prior to the peak winds tonight, once the maximum NW winds start it will actually blow the water back towards the ocean. So there you have it, all the facts and none of the drama, Stay calm, no cause for panic, one more day and the worst will be over. Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Monday 11:30pm update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in plain language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat. “

Jim writes:  This is your Dont Panic Weather Update for 1130PM EDT.  Dorian has finally started its first baby steps north.  Shown is the projected path of Dorian, the models are very tight and should be very accurate at this point. If you’ve followed these updates from the beginning you will remember I pointed out the weaknesses in the models at every step so when I have confidence in them now it is because the conditions reflect their predictions accurately.  Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Monday 3pm Don’t Panic update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in plain language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat.

Jim writes:  Time for the 3 pm update from the Dont Panic Weather Service. Dorian continues to stall over Grand Bahama Island. Its wind distribution is indicated in the diagram. Grand Bahama will continue to be hit with the high speed eye wall of Dorian but expected top sustained wind speeds there have dropped to 94 mph. Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Monday 11am Don’t Panic update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in easy to understand language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat.

Jim writes: This the Dont Panic Weather Update 11 am EDT, Monday. Dorian is still creeping slightly west across Bahama as anticipated by the weather models. Currently the winds there are 67 out of the west but Dorian will continue to pummel Grand Bahama Island for the next twelve hours with its powerful eastern eye wall bringing winds up to 122 mph. Then Dorian will be pulled northward paralleling the Florida coast. Fortunately Florida is projected to only receive impacts by the much weaker western fringe with max winds in the 30-53 mph range. As Dorian leaves the Bahamas overnight tonight it will enter less warm water causing its to be a weak cat 4 and then a cat 3 as it passes Cape Canaveral. Expected max winds we reported three hours ago are still right on, the projections move the arrival time of the max winds in your area by about one hour earlier. 4 to 7 ft storm surge possible Brevard County south to Jupiter Inlet FL. 2 to 4 ft: storm surge possible south of jupiter inlet to west palm beach. The most powerful winds coming from the west should blow water away from land and reduce magnitude of storm surge. Very little change in the forecast is expected today but rest assured if anything changes we’ll be giving you the facts without the hurricane force spin of the media. Stay safe, stay calm, and whatever you do, dont panic!

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Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Monday 7am Don’t Panic update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in easy to understand language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat.

Jim writes: This is the Dont Panic Weather update for 7am EDT. Though it is expected that wind gust of over 75 mph will occur on the beaches and open areas like the Indian River Lagoon, projected sustained winds will top out in the 40s or low 50s mph. Winds will already start climbing starting this morning in the south with winds in Ft Pierce in the 30 mph range out of the north. By 3 am Tuesday winds are projected to be in the 40 mph range. By 6 am the winds will shift to the NW and then peak at around 49mph at around 3pm. Heavy winds will continue in the 40s out of the west then drop into the 30s from the SW and into the 20s, Wed morning.  Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Monday 6am Don’t Panic update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in easy to understand language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat.

This is the 6 am Dont Panic Weather report. The major models are in strong agreement that Dorian will hold to the projected track off Florida’s coast since the atmospheric conditions remain favorable for that track and it is a track consistent with how hurricanes historically behave once they move north into these latitudes. There are some fake projections out there showing Dorian expected to have a Florida landfall and comparing the track to Irma, disregard! The map they are using is two days old and was revised hours after the models created it.   Continue reading

Aah Jim, Coastal Storm Expert in Disaster Recovery, Monday 5am Don’t Panic update on Hurricane Dorian

Aah Jim is a local coastal storm expert in disaster recovery who researches the hurricanes and gives no nonsense reporting about them in easy to understand language. Read his prior updates for important info about how hurricanes work, i.e. “It doesn’t matter what the top windspeed of a storm is if it stays out in the Atlantic. it does not matter what the wind speed of the narrow eastern eyewall of Dorian is doing if that eyewall is not expected to come close to Florida. No matter how big a hurricane is, once it drives completely up on land it dramatically weakens, it needs to hit a warm open body of water again before it can pose a major threat.

Jim writes: This is the 5 am Dont Panic Weather Report. The model predictions are holding steady with the projected course off Florida getting tighter as time goes by.    Continue reading