The National Hurricane Center has issued its final advisory on Tropical Storm Gordon, which has become extratropical as it gets sucked up into a cold front approaching the British Isles and Europe.
Says the 5pm discussion:
AFTER NEARLY 10 DAYS TRAVELING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC…TENACIOUS GORDON IS FINALLY BECOMING EXTRATROPICAL AS A STRONG COLD FRONT INTERACTS WITH THE CYCLONE’S CIRCULATION. THE EXTRATROPICAL STORM WILL CONTINUE RACING ON A GENERAL EAST TO EAST-NORTHEAST TRACK UNTIL IT BECOME ABSORBED BY THE COLD FRONT. THIS WILL BE THE LAST ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER ON GORDON. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY METEOFRANCE UNDER WMO HEADER FQNT50 LFPW.
Meanwhile, huge Hurricane Helene continues to dominate the central Atlantic.
Maximum sustained winds are 105 mph, and — perhaps more impressively — tropical-storm force winds extend out 175 miles from the center. That’s a diameter of 350 miles. Margie Kieper discussed this yesterday, noting “just how impressive Helene’s circulation is. Helene is still huge. I don’t know why this hasn’t received more mention. Remember how large Katrina was last year in the [Gulf of Mexico]…how it seemed that Katrina almost filled the eastern 2/3 of the [Gulf]? Well, Helene is larger.” And the best part is, Helene isn’t going to hit anybody, so we weather nerds can admire it without guilt!