After lingering by the coast of Florida and almost reaching tropical depression status the past two days, Andrea has finally gotten caught up in a west-to-east moving trough of low pressure, and gotten swept out to sea. Andrea's remains could bring tropical storm force winds to Bermuda Monday morning. Here is the latest thing NHC had to say about the storm:
SPECIAL TROPICAL DISTURBANCE STATEMENT NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 1000 AM EDT SUN MAY 13 2007
AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE...THE REMNANT OF SUBTROPICAL STORM ANDREA...IS CENTERED ABOUT 445 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA AND ABOUT 550 MILES WEST OF BERMUDA. THE SYSTEM IS NOW MOVING EAST-NORTHEASTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH...AND A GENERAL MOTION TOWARD THE EAST AT A FASTER FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE CHANGE IN ORGANIZATION DURING THE NIGHT...AND THE LOW IS NOW MOVING OVER COLDER SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES. THUS...THE POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION IS DECREASING. THIS SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MERGE WITH AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT AS IT PASSES NEAR BERMUDA ON MONDAY.
Figure 1. Visible satellite image from May 13, 2007, showing the remains of Andrea moving out to sea (upper right corner), and some residual smoke over the Gulf of Mexico from Florida's Bugaboo fire.
Andrea's departure is welcome news to most of Florida, as winds over the Bugaboo fire region have calmed down considerably with the storm's departure. Lighter winds have kept the smoke from the fire near its source, forcing the closure of a 35-mile stretch of I-75 and a portion of I-10 in northern Florida. Air pollution levels are still dangerous to vulnerable people in much of Florida, but have improved greatly over Friday's record-breaking levels.
Have a great Mother's Day, all you moms! Jeff Masters