IFEX daily log
Sunday, September 25, 2005
In the Tropics there are three areas of activity but only one possible area for
research flights. An area of deep convection is located northeast of Bermuda that
consists of the remnants of Philippe (Fig. 196), but this is likely become non-tropical and
is not a factor for operations. A tropical wave is located near 35 W, but that is not
expected to develop into a tropical cyclone for several days, and it will likely be out of
range for any operations. The only system of possible interest for research operations is
in the southeast Caribbean. An infrared satellite image (Fig. 197) shows an area of deep
convection located around 13 N 66 W. This is in a climatologically unfavorable area for
genesis, but the environment is characterized by low shear values (Fig. 198), so there is
some potential for development. A few of the NCEP ensemble members are predicting a
tropical cyclone to form in the central or western Caribbean in the next 2-4 days (Fig.
Figure 196. GOES-East water vapor image valid 1245 UTC September 25.
No flights are planned for today. The only activity planned for Monday is a post-
Rita gulf survey pattern by N43RF, where 55 AXBT's would be dropped in the same area
covered by the previous week's post-Katrina survey pattern and where the Air Force had
laid out buoys several days earlier.
Figure 197. GOES-East infrared image valid 1215 UTC September 25.
Figure 198. CIMSS-derived 850-200 hPa vertical shear (shaded, kt) valid 09 UTC
Figure 199. Plot of detection of vortices in GFS ensemble members for model runs
initialized at 00 UTC 25 September 2005.
HRD Field Program director
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