Tropical Storm Arthur brought wind and rain to eastern North Carolina on Monday. At 8:00 a.m. EDT on Monday the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located at latitude 34.5°N and longitude 75.9°W which put it about 50 miles (80 km) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Arthur was moving toward the north-northeast at 15 m.p.h. (24 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1001 mb.
A Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for the portion of the coast from Surf City to Duck, North Carolina including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
Tropical Storm Arthur began to move more quickly toward the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Monday morning. The distribution of thunderstorms and winds around Arthur was asymmetric. The strong thunderstorms were occurring in bands in the eastern half of the circulation. The strongest winds were occurring in those bands. Bands in the western half of Tropical Storm Arthur consisted primarily of showers and lower clouds. Winds to tropical storm force extended out 90 miles (145 km) in the eastern half of Arthur. The winds in the western half of Arthur were mostly less than tropical storm force.
The asymmetric structure of Tropical Storm Arthur meant that the strongest winds were occurring east of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A buoy at Diamond Shoals was reporting a sustained wind speed of 33 m.p.h. (54 km/h) and wind gusts to 47 m.p.h. (76 km/h). The wind speeds along the coast of North Carolina were much weaker. Tropical Storm Arthur was dropping moderate rain over eastern North Carolina. Wind blowing water toward the coast was causing the water level to rise in some locations. Waves were causing erosion on some beaches.
A large upper level trough will approach Tropical Storm Arthur from the west. The trough will turn Arthur more toward the east later on Monday. On its anticipated track, Tropical Storm Arthur should move away from North Carolina on Monday afternoon. Weather conditions should improve gradually when Arthur moves farther form the coast.
Hurricane Jose completed the long slow clockwise loop it made this week over the Atlantic Ocean and it turned back toward the U.S. At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday the center of Hurricane Jose was located at latitude 27.1°N and longitude 70.3°W which put it about 640 miles (1025 km) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Jose was moving toward the northwest at 10 m.p.h. (16 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 90 m.p.h. (145 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 983 mb.
An eye appeared to be forming at the center of Hurricane Jose as the primary rainband wrapped around the eastern and northern portions of the developing eye. The strongest winds were occurring in that rainband. Additional bands of showers and thunderstorms were revolving around the eastern half of the circulation. There were fewer showers and thunderstorms in the western half of the circulation.
Hurricane Jose is moving over the part of the Atlantic Ocean that the hurricane traversed several days ago. So, Jose is moving over cooler water that it mixed to the surface when it moved over the area the first time. Hurricane Jose will soon move northwest of its previous track and it will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 30°C. The upper level winds will be weak and there will be little vertical wind shear. Hurricane Jose will strengthen during the weekend and it could intensify rapidly once the eye and eyewall are fully formed.
After a few days of weak steering currents the large subtropical high pressure system over the Atlantic Ocean has started to steer Hurricane Jose toward the northwest. A general northwesterly motion is forecast to continue for another 24 to 36 hours. At that time Jose will reach the western end of the high and it will turn more toward the north. On its anticipated track Hurricane Jose could be near the Outer Banks of North Carolina in two or three days. It is still too early to know if the center of Hurricane Jose will move into the U.S.