Alex Wednesday

Alex is approaching the northeast Mexican coast. The storm is rated category one with winds of 85 mph. It may strengthen before reaching the coast Wednesday night.

NASA GOES Image, Wednesday afternoon, June 30

The satellite image posted above falls in the category of interesting. The circulation of Alex is clearly evident in the western Gulf of Mexico as is a large low pressure system in eastern Canada. A band of clouds “connects” the systems and is the boundary between high pressure reaching from central Canada into the Plains states and more tropical air over the southeast US, the Gulf of Mexico and a large portion of the western Atlantic Ocean. The high pressure over the central US is the main reason that Alex is moving in a primarily westerly direction toward Mexico. The storm is sufficiently large that tropical storm force winds could reach into southern Texas.

John Collins

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