Tropical Cyclone Activity Report – Atlantic Ocean / Caribbean Sea / Gulf of Mexico

January 15, 2016
  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 34 km SSW of El Tocuyo, Venezuela

    5 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Calulo, Cuanza Sul - Angola

    11 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Luena, Moxico - Angola

    11 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    20 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    22 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Sangar, Chukot - Russia

    22 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    22 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - S of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    22 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    22 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Tunguskhaya, Chukot - Russia

    22 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Manchester, NH Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Tucson (Bighorn Fire) , Arizona, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Chimoio, Manica - Mozambique

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - North Platte, NE Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - south of the Kermadec Islands

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 253 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Cristina

    15 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 117 km E of Mutsu, Japan

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.7 - 98 km N of Batang, Indonesia

    16 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 132 km WSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Carthage, MS Region, United States

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 9 km E of Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 285 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Izu Islands, Japan region

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 257 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - East Ukraine

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Pakistan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Kalimantan, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Japan

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Western Bulgaria

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Santa Clara County (Crews Fire), California, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northwestern Arizona, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern China

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Germany and Northwestern Austria

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Central Poland

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern Nepal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Central Nepal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Haiti

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Los Angeles County (Soledad Fire), California, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Apache County (Wood Springs 2 Fire), Arizona, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Sri Lanka

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Mongolia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Colombia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - US Virgin Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Dominican Republic

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Canada

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    3 months ago WARNING

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Tropical Cyclone Activity Report – Atlantic Ocean / Caribbean Sea / Gulf of Mexico
January 15, 2016

Tropical Storm 01L (Alex) remains active in the Atlantic Ocean…located approximately 35 miles north of Terceira in the Azores

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying tropical cyclone Positions and Segments, and Estimated Winds (TAOS Model) layers for Tropical Cyclone Alex

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying tropical cyclone Positions and Segments, and Estimated Winds (TAOS Model) layers for Tropical Cyclone Alex

Tropical Storm Alex made landfall on the island of Terceira in the central Azores around 915am AST this morning…with maximum estimated sustained winds of 70 mph

Alex is not just the first named storm for the 2016 calendar year. It’s also the first named storm to form in the Atlantic in January since 1978, the first January hurricane (as of yesterday) since 1938…and just the fourth known storm to arrive in the month since records began in 1851.

Here’s a NOAA satellite image of this tropical storm…along with what the computer models are showing

Here’s a short youtube video of tropical cyclone Alex as it moved across the Atlantic Ocean

This tropical system is located about 35 miles north of Terceira in the Azores…moving north at a fast paced 28 mph.

According to the NHC, surface observations, scatterometer, and geostationary satellite data indicate that Alex has weakened, and the current intensity estimate is 60 knots.

Wind and pressure observations from Terceira, along with the scatterometer data indicate that the center is tilted north-northeastward with height, indicative of some south-southwesterly wind shear.

The global models show significant thermal advection developing over the eastern portion of the circulation very soon, and observation from the western Azores show cold air advection. These factors indicate that Alex will likely become an extra-tropical cyclone later today.

Some restrengthening is possible in the short term, but the post-tropical cyclone is forecast to merge with, or become absorbed by another extra-tropical low within 48 hours.

Alex continues to accelerate, and is now moving about 360/24 knots. A gradual turn to the northwest is expected as the system rotates around a broader cyclonic gyre over the northern Atlantic.  

The Azores are about 900 miles from Europe and 2,300 miles from the United States. The archipelago is home to the U.S. air base at Lajes Field, has a subtropical climate, with temperatures hovering year-round between 57 and 71 degrees F. About 250,000 people live in the Azores.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

WIND:  Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are still possible
over portions of the Azores for the next few hours.

Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains
are often up to 30 percent stronger than the near-surface winds
indicated in this advisory, and in some elevated locations could be
even greater.

RAINFALL:  Rainfall in association with Alex should diminish across
the Azores this afternoon.

STORM SURGE:  Storm surge and waves should gradually diminish
across the Azores today.

 

Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Cyclone Alex

NHC textual advisory
NHC graphical track map
NOAA satellite image

Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean

Caribbean Sea

There are no active tropical cyclones

WSI satellite image of the Caribbean Sea

Gulf of Mexico

There are no active tropical cyclones

Latest satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico