Beryl weakens

July 20, 2006

The effects of unfavorable upper-level winds and cooler sea surface temperatures have started to take their toll on Tropical Storm Beryl.  The hurricane hunter just completed a southwest to northeast pass through the storm, and found flight level winds about 10 knots weaker than they did this morning.  Net result is that the 5 PM advisory will probably rate Beryl as having 50 mph winds.

It appears that the anticipated sharpened turn to the northeast has begun. I suspect that the only area that will get anything resembling sustained tropical storm force winds out of this will be extreme eastern Massachusettes (i.e. Nantucket and Cape Cod); for them it will Beryl a northeaster with a name.

As always, maintain watch of the National Hurricane Center page for the latest and greatest. Residents potentially in the path of Beryl may wish to check the pages of the National Weather Service Offices in Upton NY or Boston for local statements and forecasts.

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