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North Atlantic was on roll since Christmas – we have seen a number of intense extra-tropical cyclones with spectacular satellite presentation

Surely you couldn’t miss the news – North Atlantic has been incredibly active this winter, producing numerous intense extra-tropical cyclones in the past few weeks. While on the othre hand, the European continent has been more or less trapped under strong ridging pattern and high-pressure systems. There have been at least 6 large cyclones, most of them were going through a rapid intensification phase and therefore developed an impressive structure and textbook eye-candy satellite presentation.

Here is a quick overview of all 6 systems – see details below:

Let’s get into details with all of these 6 systems:

System #1Jan 13th, 2020 – A powerful bomb cyclone #Brendan near Ireland and Scotland

This extra-tropical cyclone holds the 1st place of the most intense cyclone of the season, going through a really explosive intensification. The minimum central pressure pushed below 940 mbar. It developed a violent windstorm towards Ireland and Scotland, locally with close to 140 km/h along the coast and up to 200 km/h in the Highlands. Sting-jet phenomenon developed near the center low.

*Violent* windstorm unfolding across the North Atlantic – several stations in the Faroe Islands reporting 180-220 km/h (110-140 mph) gusts

System #2Jan 10th, 2020 – The explosive development of a cyclone moving towards Iceland

This cyclone holds the 2nd place due to its exceptional structure of the cyclonic core while the system was nearing Iceland, bringing the minimum central pressure slightly below 940 mbar. At that time, the cyclone was crossing the Reykjanes Peninsula. The satellite presentation was simply outstanding!

Impressive satellite presentation of a rapidly intensifying cyclone near Iceland – pressure drops more than 30 mbar in west Iceland

System #3Dec 25th, 2019 – Twin cyclones over the North Atlantic

The 3rd place goes to the very interesting occurrence over the North Atlantic on the Christmas day – two cyclones developed, side by side. While the eastern one slowly vanished, the western cyclone dominated the whole North Atlantic with time. It pushed the minimum central pressure towards 960 mbar.

A large monster cyclone moving across the North Atlantic will continue towards western Europe through mid-week

System #4Jan 1st, 2020 – An intense extra-tropical cyclone moving across the North Atlantic

4th place is reserved to the first intense cyclone of 2020, developing along the upper wave ejecting from Canada and rapidly crossing the Atlantic. Overnight to the New Years’ day, cyclone went through a rapid intensification and reached its minimum central pressure of 960 mbar in the morning hours. Being along in the North Atlantic, it delivered some pretty impressive imagery.

An intense extra-tropical cyclone moving across the North Atlantic – will push high waves towards Ireland tomorrow

System #5Dec 26th, 2019 – Monster cyclone dominating the whole North Atlantic

The 5th place goes to the cyclone which originated from the Christmas day twin cyclones and gradually ingested the right system and became a dominant cyclone. Its structure was very broad while its core was slowly moving towards Iceland and weakening. The satellite presentation was impressive as the system was very large, it created almost 90 mbar pressure difference towards Greenland’s high-pressure system.

Twin monster cyclones are rolling across the North Atlantic on the Christmas day, Dec 25th

System #6Jan 4th, 2020 – A rapidly intensifying cyclone near Iceland

Yet another intense cyclone is set on the 6th place, the explosive cyclone delivering a short but very intense winter storm into western Iceland. Severe blizzard conditions were locally reported. The system pushed its minimum central pressure below 970 mbar while moving north just to the west of Iceland, resulting in an impressive pressure gradient across the country. The Highlands reported wind gusts above 220 km/h!

Impressive satellite presentation of a rapidly intensifying cyclone near Iceland – pressure drops more than 30 mbar in west Iceland

The next weeks will apparently continue being active over the North Atlantic, possibly also in parts of Europe. We will be covering all of the events and keep you on track with potential threats through forecast discussions and updates – stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, there are two features of interest currently on a global scale:

1) A Severe Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Claudia:

Severe Tropical Cyclone #CLAUDIA has intensified into a borderline Category 4 cyclone, producing 80-knot winds and near 970 mbar northwest of Australia

2) Tall volcano eruption in the Philippines:

*Volcano eruption* Taal volcano in the Philippines erupts! It sends ash 15km high into the atmosphere, creating an apocalyptic display of raw power of nature!

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