Hurricane Matthew Rapidly Intensifies to Category 3 Strength

By: Jeff Masters, 03:00 PM GMT on Rujan 30, 2016

Hurricane Matthew put on an impressive and unexpected display of rapid intensification overnight, becoming the Caribbean's first major hurricane since Sandy of 2012. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in Matthew on Friday morning, and between 7 am and 10 am EDT found that Matthew’s winds continued to rise and the pressure to fall. Surface winds measured by their stepped frequency microwave radiometer (SFMR) were as high as 114 mph, and flight-level winds a...


Updated: 04:28 PM GMT on Rujan 30, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Is Born in Caribbean; Uncertainty Reigns in Long-Term Outlook

By: Bob Henson, 10:06 PM GMT on Rujan 29, 2016

The 13th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic season became Hurricane Matthew at 2:00 pm EDT Thursday. After detecting a small area of hurricane-force winds earlier in the day, an Air Force Hurricane Hunter flight found more consistent evidence of surface winds up to the 75-mph hurricane threshold, thus prompting the upgrade. This is the first Matthew to reach hurricane strength since the name was introduced in 2004, and it’s also the fifth hurricane of the 2016 Atlan...


Updated: 03:58 AM GMT on Rujan 30, 2016

Hurricane Hunters Find Hurricane-Force Winds in Matthew; Wind Shear Attacking Storm

By: Jeff Masters, 02:10 PM GMT on Rujan 29, 2016

Tropical Storm Watches are posted for the ABC islands of the Netherlands Antilles—Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao—as Tropical Storm Matthew advances westwards at 16 mph across the eastern Caribbean. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in Matthew on Thursday morning, and at 9 am EDT found hurricane-force winds of 75 mph in a small region to the northeast of the storm’s center. Surface winds were a bit lower in data from the airborne stepped frequency microwa...


Updated: 03:09 PM GMT on Rujan 29, 2016

Matthew Rolls Through Lesser Antilles; Huge Rains for D.C. This Week

By: Bob Henson, 10:37 PM GMT on Rujan 28, 2016

Not even classified as a tropical depression early Wednesday morning, Tropical Storm Matthew rolled through the Lesser Antilles as a mid-strength tropical storm on Wednesday afternoon. As of 5 pm EDT, the National Hurricane Center placed Matthew about 65 miles west of St. Lucia, moving west at 18 mph with top sustained winds of 60 mph. Some observers may have done double takes when they saw Matthew debut as a 60-mph tropical storm in its very first advisory (11 am E...

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Updated: 06:47 AM GMT on Rujan 29, 2016

Tropical Storm Matthew Forms in the Lesser Antilles Islands

By: Jeff Masters, 03:23 PM GMT on Rujan 28, 2016

Tropical Storm Warnings are flying in the Lesser Antilles Islands thanks to newly-formed Tropical Storm Matthew. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft found on Wednesday morning that Invest 97L had finally developed a closed circulation, and had surface winds near 60 mph in a powerful cluster of thunderstorms that was located about 50 miles east of Martinique at 9:22 am EDT. These strong winds will move over the islands of Martinique and Dominica early this afterno...


Updated: 05:08 PM GMT on Rujan 28, 2016

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