RMS continues to monitor the fourteenth named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season – Tropical Storm Nadine. As of Thursday morning, October 4, the center of Nadine is approaching the Azores (the archipelago in the North Atlantic around 900 miles west of Portugal). At this time, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the center of Nadine was located approximately 130 miles west-southwest of the Azores. Maximum sustained winds of 45 mph were recorded, equating to a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Nadine is a large tropical cyclone with tropical storm force winds extending up to 140 miles from the center of the system.
Nadine is forecast to track extremely quickly to the northeast, passing over the northwestern Azores within the next 6 hours – in doing so it will become the second storm of the 2012 Atlantic season to track over the Azores. Nadine passed within 150 miles of the Azores on Thursday, 20 September, before re-curving to the south (away from the Azores). Nadine has been a named tropical system for 22 days (including today) and has become the longest lived named storm since 1950.
Nadine is expected to bring tropical storm conditions across the Azores, and to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over potions of the Azores through Thursday – in particular across the central Azores.
After passing over the Azores, Nadine is forecast to weaken to a remnant low.
Tropical Storm Oscar
Early on Wednesday, October 4, the fifteenth named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season was declared – Tropical Storm Oscar. As of on Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the center of Oscar was located in the eastern tropical Atlantic, over 1,000 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, and was moving quickly north-northwest at 12 mph. At this time, maximum sustained winds of 40 mph were recorded, equating to a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Oscar is a large tropical storm with tropical storm force winds extending up to 150 miles from the center of the system, predominantly to the east.
Oscar is forecast by the NHC to track northward over the next 24 hours as tropical storm, before dissipating late (UTC) on Friday. Under this forecast Oscar poses no threat to land.