Tropical Weather Briefing

Tropical Scan

Check the NHC forecasts for the latest tropical information. Stay prepared and safe.


Atlantic + Gulf

Here are some of the most important maps and resources from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), located in Miami Florida. The NHC maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclones and areas of disturbed weather within the North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins. It issues coastal tropical cyclone watches and warnings for the United States and its Caribbean territories and others.

NHC 5 Day Graphical Outlook Map

NHC 2 Day Graphical Outlook Map

NOAA 5 Day Rain Forecast Map

Atlantic Advisories

These feeds are from the NHC and provide official forecasts, watches and warnings. You can click on the title links to read the official sources.

  • 5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Wed, 19 Jun 2024 23:50:19 GMT Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Wed, 19 Jun 2024 21:22:37 GMT
  • Issued at 700 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 2024 322 WTNT31 KNHC 192348 TCPAT1 BULLETIN Tropical Storm Alberto Intermediate Advisory Number 9A NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL012024 700 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 2024 …HEAVY RAINS, COASTAL FLOODING, AND GUSTY WINDS FORECAST TO CONTINUE ALONG THE COASTS OF TEXAS AND NORTHEASTERN MEXICO THROUGH THURSDAY… SUMMARY OF 700 PM CDT…0000 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…21.7N 95.6W ABOUT 150 MI…240 KM ESE OF TAMPICO MEXICO ABOUT 320 MI…515 KM SSE OF BROWNSVILLE TEXAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…WSW OR 250 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…995 MB…29.39 INCHES […]
  • …HEAVY RAINS, COASTAL FLOODING, AND GUSTY WINDS FORECAST TO CONTINUE ALONG THE COASTS OF TEXAS AND NORTHEASTERN MEXICO THROUGH THURSDAY… As of 7:00 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 the center of Alberto was located near 21.7, -95.6 with movement WSW at 9 mph. The minimum central pressure was 995 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph.
  • 000 ABNT20 KNHC 192320 TWOAT Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 PM EDT Wed Jun 19 2024 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Active Systems: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Alberto, located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Southwestern Atlantic Ocean (AL92): A small area of low pressure has formed about 300 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas this evening with disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. While environmental conditions are only marginally conducive due to nearby dry air, further development of this system is possible while the […]
  • Issued at 518 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 2024
  • Issued at 432 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 2024
  • Issued at 420 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 2024
  • Issued at 400 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 2024 000 WTNT41 KNHC 192036 TCDAT1 Tropical Storm Alberto Discussion Number 9 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL012024 400 PM CDT Wed Jun 19 2024 There hasn't been much additional data to help assess the structure of Alberto since the Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft departed the system a few hours ago. However, recent satellite images and data from NOAA buoy 42055 suggest that the center may have re-formed a bit to the southwest since this morning. Another reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system later this evening. For now, […]
  • Issued at 2100 UTC WED JUN 19 2024 007 WTNT21 KNHC 192035 TCMAT1 TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 9 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012024 2100 UTC WED JUN 19 2024 NOTICE… LAND-BASED TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE NO LONGER INCLUDED IN THE TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST/ADVISORY…(TCM). CURRENT LAND-BASED COASTAL WATCHES AND WARNINGS CAN BE FOUND IN THE MOST RECENTLY ISSUED TROPICAL CYCLONE PUBLIC ADVISORY…(TCP). TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 21.9N 95.3W AT 19/2100Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 30 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST OR 250 DEGREES AT 8 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 995 MB MAX SUSTAINED WINDS […]
  • Issued at 2100 UTC WED JUN 19 2024 965 FONT11 KNHC 192035 PWSAT1 TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER 9 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012024 2100 UTC WED JUN 19 2024 AT 2100Z THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 95.3 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 35 KTS…40 MPH…65 KM/H. Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH) ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME (AST)…SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)…SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME (CDT)…SUBTRACT 5 HOURS FROM Z TIME WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS CHANCES […]

Eastern Pacific

The following cover storms along the west coast of Mexico and Baja California. These storms can sometimes move west to move towards Hawaii (see Central Pacific).

5 Day Outlook Map

2 Day Outlook Map

E. Pacific Advisories

These feeds are from the NHC and provide official forecasts, watches and warnings. You can click on the title links to read the official sources.


Central Pacific

The following maps are from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC), co-located with the National Weather Service Forecast Office, in Honolulu Hawaii. According to the CPHC, it “issues tropical cyclone warnings, watches, advisories, discussions, and statements for tropical cyclones between 140 Degrees West Longitude to the International Dateline”. If you live in or travel to Hawaii, this is the area to watch.

5 Day Outlook Map

2 Day Outlook Map

C. Pacific Advisories

These feeds are from the CPHC/NHC and provide official forecasts, watches and warnings. You can click on the title links to read the official sources.


2019 Hurricane Season

The hurricane season officially starts June 1st and ends on November 30th, but tropical storms can form at any time if conditions are right. Climate change is basically extending the season. However, about 95 percent of storms are produced during the two-and-a-half months of the season’s peak, from mid-August to late October.

Chart showing frequency of storms from the NOAA website https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo/
NOAA and the National Hurricane Center provide this great chart showing the frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes over the past 100 years.

2019 Storm Names

The National Hurricane Center issues lists of names for Atlantic and Eastern/Central Pacific storms. Below are the 2019 list, which I am redacting as they happen.


Atlantic Names

  • Andrea – formed May 20th and went to sea.
  • Barry – formed TS on July 11, hit Louisiana as Hurricane.
  • Chantal
  • Dorian
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Imelda
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Pablo
  • Rebekah
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy

Pacific Names

  • Alvin
  • Barbara
  • Cosme
  • Dalila
  • Erick
  • Flossie
  • Gil
  • Henriette
  • Ivo
  • Juliette
  • Kiko
  • Lorena
  • Mario
  • Narda
  • Octave
  • Priscilla
  • Raymond
  • Sonia
  • Tico
  • Velma
  • Wallis
  • Xina
  • York
  • Zelda

My FAV Weather Sites

I am listing the links that I visit the most often to get the latest tropical weather information and forecasts. You should watch your local weather forecasters as well to stay alert to specific threats to your location. The sites below are giving you the larger picture. Hurricanes and tropical storms are giant weather systems, but they can reach down to create very specific local damage.

National Hurricane Center – Official forecasts

Tropical Tidbits blog (and videos) – Levi Cowen explains the global and big picture weather patterns and fronts that steer these massive storms. This is actually very calming, as he doesn’t hype up what is happening. He posts to the blog and also has great videos explaining active tropical forecasts on his Tropical Tidbits YouTube channel as well.

Mike’s Weather Page – This website packs a tremendous amount of tropical weather maps, satellite imagery, and radar data. Mike is also from Florida, though we have not yet met. I follow his blog almost every day.

South Florida Water Management District model map – other high quality maps

Tropicals Tidbits GFS model – map is in a player to show potential paths of storms

Tropical Tidbits ECMWF model – map of this top European model also in a player

NASA Hurricane & Typhoon Blog – A scientific spin on the latest storms. No Hype. Often has the latest in remote sensing.


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Your Safety is #1

When you ask “How do I prepare for Hurricane _______?” or “What do I do to prepare for Tropical Storm _______?”, we hope to help you by providing educational and information resources. Your safety is of paramount importance, so please always consult with official, expert forecasts and follow all your local warning, watches, and guidance.