Oct 10, 2011

DAY 132

Invest 93L or "Near Tropical Storm No-Name", as the natives have been calling it today, is just about to be deactivated. Despite it's visual presentation being more impressive today, and it's central pressure lowered to 1002 mb, Invest 93L has been removed from the NHC's Tropical Weather Outlook tonight. With the weak center of circulation over land, it may actually dissolve before it gets swept up northeast, so this Invest will no longer be a threat to develop. 

(Invest 93L)
There can actually be a case made for this storm having been named Rina last night. It was without question producing tropical storm force winds on the Florida coast, with gusts close to hurricane strength. For a brief time, it appeared to have closed off a center just before moving ashore near Cape Canaveral. I don't believe that the whole warm core/cold core issue applies to the storm naming convention any longer. Invest 93L was a least partially warm core, so the NHC could have named it Sub-Tropical Storm Rina. 

(Invest 93L Microwave Image)
In years past, we of the weather blogging community, would have hammered the Hurricane Center for actually wasting a name on such a piddly system. So I must applaud the NHC for exercising some restraint on this one. There are still some judgement calls that must be made after the data leads up to the borderline. This one could have gone either way, and I must say they made the right call here.

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