Weather Recon Planes Working to Find a Center in Chantal

By  //  July 10, 2013

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ABOVE VIDEO:  (Weather Recon planes are evaluating Chantal. A hurricane hunter is a pilot brave enough to fly an airplane into the middle of a hurricane to gather data on temperature, humidity, pressure, etc. This data is critical for forecasting the intensity and path of hurricanes.*Video Courtesy of the NOAA)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The National Hurricane Center’s reconnaissance planes are trying to find a center within Tropical Storm Chantal.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of the Wednesday, July 10 afternoon update,Chantal is located at 16.5°N 73.0°W, moving West-Northwest at 29 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds dropped to 45 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Data from a reconnaissance plane currently investigating suggest that the cyclone is degenerating into a tropical wave.

Even if Chantal loses its status as a tropical cyclone, the likeliehood of tropical storm conditions in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands is decreasing.

Minimum central pressure 1011 MB. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles, mainly to the North of the center.

See the updated wind force projection chart and the projection cone map below

(Image courtesy of NOAA)


(Image courtesy of NOAA)
(Image courtesy of NOAA)