80knot (150kph) 949mb Hurricane nears Aleutians

In the admittedly short time of this blog, don’t know if I’ve seen a forecast for winds this strong on the weather charts. Below is the current 48hr outlook (There is a larger version available through the Forecast Menu, Weather Charts, North Pacific). That flag right below the “L” is 50+10+10+10… 80knots.
80knot Hurricane forecast

Its forecast is to weaken considerably by the time it reaches the Gulf of Alaska by Thursday (to 970mb), and the associated frontal system is currently producing more modest 40knot winds.

That said, the winter storm season has definitely arrived! Imagine being a crabber in the Beaufort Sea or crew on a freighter to Japan! CRAZY!

UPDATE: The updated forecast cuts the worst winds up there to 70knots and the front won’t reach in any big kind of way as our nice little ridge of High Pressure continues to protect us.

UPDATE: The new 24hr forecasts the above low to peak at 85knots… about 160kph (and that’s sustained, gusts would be greater than that). In the tropics that cross into a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Weeee!

4 Replies to “80knot (150kph) 949mb Hurricane nears Aleutians”

  1. Just a second here while I go out and secure all the tree roots. It would be nice not to have a repeat of the storms of 06, Nice Map, Chris.

  2. Boy, am I sure glad my Deadliest Catch game doesn’t have realtime weather updates… it’d make King Crab season miserable…

  3. haha. Ya, don’t know how those people fish out of Dutch Harbour in driving snow, 50knot winds and montrous seas. No wonder king crab is so expensive.

  4. King Crab is the “easy” season to fish… Snow Crab is worse, then your dealing with ice up conditions. Lets beat ice off the boat for 4 hours before we fish for 20 hours, and then sleep for 2 hours.

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