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A very large North Atlantic cyclone reveals a spectacular view from the satellites, spreading severe winds towards northern & western Europe

Monday’s update on the very large depression – a deep cyclone is centered west of Iceland and is dominating the whole North Atlantic. It has matured this morning and is now gradually moving east. Its wind field is huge, spreading severe winds and high waves towards northern UK, Faroes, and Iceland until Wednesday. The most intense gradient is resulting in violent hurricane-force winds between Iceland and Greenland.

As of this morning 06 UTC, March 16th, the central pressure was 956 mbar. The system has matured. The pressure change was 22 mbar over the last 24 hours when the system was centered just south of Greenland.

  • 956 mbar at 06 UTC, March 16th
  • 960 mbar at 00 UTC, March 16th
  • 964 mbar at 18 UTC, March 15th
  • 972 mbar at 12 UTC, March 15th
  • 978 mbar at 06 UTC, March 15th
  • 986 mbar at 00 UTC, March 15th
  • 989 mbar at 18 UTC, March 14th
  • 991 mbar at 12 UTC, March 14th
  • 995 mbar at 06 UTC, March 14th
  • 998 mbar at 00 UTC, March 14th

The satellite imagery indicates the system is *very* large, dominating the whole North Atlantic region. Its center is currently west of Iceland.


Graphics by: Windy.com



The overall pattern over Europe consists of a very deep trough over the North Atlantic, with an associated deep surface low. To the east, an upper-level ridge is expanding across Europe. The severe wind field is developed around the surface low. The system is the strongest today and is expected to gradually weaken while moving east tonight and tomorrow.

Monday 12 UTC




Tuesday 12 UTC


Here is the 12-hour sequence of the system’s wind field progression until Wednesday. It will be gradually moving east while also weakening. But its wind field is huge, so it will be producing severe winds and high waves today and tomorrow over a broad area. The most intense between Iceland and Greenland where the strongest pressure gradient is expected.





Graphics by: Windy.com

We will continue monitoring the system’s eastward progression and will keep you updated – stay tuned.

See the previous discussions:

Two tropical waves near Australia – Invest #95P has the potential to become a Severe Tropical Cyclone towards New Caledonia next weekend


Two tropical waves near Australia – Invest #95P has the potential to become a Severe Tropical Cyclone towards New Caledonia next weekend


Two intense tropical cyclones are currently ongoing globally:

Two tropical waves near Australia – Invest #95P has the potential to become a Severe Tropical Cyclone towards New Caledonia next weekend


A sharp cold front pushes across France, Benelux, and Germany this afternoon (Saturday) – a convective line with severe wind squalls possible


Spectacular tandem of Tropical Cyclone #GRETEL and another cyclone. Gretel blasted New Caledonia with severe winds and torrential rainfall, now heading for Northern New Zealand
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