2013-10-06: TD Karen is now diminishing as it crosses over land and is expected to dissipate over the next 36-48 hours. Never having reached hurricane strength, it’s still capable of dropping considerable rain.

2013-10-04: TS Karen remains below category one hurricane threshold and is expected to remain so for the next 24 hours. Upper atmosphere conditions are conflicting the models as to if and by how much Karen may strengthen prior to reaching the US gulf coast. Current projects are that it may strengthen to Cat 1 strength over the next 48 hours depending on the path it takes.

Karen is approaching category one hurricane level with speeds approaching 65 knots. Impact on the gulf states of the US, Louisiana, epsecially is expected by Saturday.

Predicted path of Tropical Storm Karen

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WTNT32 KNHC 060831
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BULLETIN
TROPICAL DEPRESSION KAREN ADVISORY NUMBER 13
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL122013
400 AM CDT SUN OCT 06 2013

…KAREN EXPECTED TO BECOME A REMNANT LOW LATER TODAY…

SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…28.3N 91.7W
ABOUT 100 MI…165 KM SSW OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
ABOUT 165 MI…270 KM WSW OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…30 MPH…45 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 45 DEGREES AT 2 MPH…4 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1009 MB…29.80 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

INTERESTS ALONG THE NORTH-CENTRAL GULF COAST SHOULD CONTINUE TO
MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE AT WEATHER.GOV.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION KAREN
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 91.7 WEST. THE
DEPRESSION IS DRIFTING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 2 MPH…4
KM/H…AND A TURN TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST WITH AN INCREASE IN
FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO. ON THE FORECAST
TRACK…THE CENTER WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER PORTIONS OF EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LATER TODAY…MOVE JUST SOUTH OF THE ALABAMA
AND MISSISSIPPI COAST LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT…AND NEAR OR OVER
THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE ON MONDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 30 MPH…45
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. KAREN IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A REMNANT
LOW LATER TODAY.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1009 MB…29.80 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
STORM SURGE…LOCALIZED COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ALONG PORTIONS
OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

RAINFALL…KAREN IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1
TO 3 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL GULF COAST AND SOUTHEASTERN
STATES THROUGH MONDAY EVENING…MAINLY NEAR AND TO THE EAST OF THE
PATH OF THE CENTER.

WTNT42 KNHC 060831
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TROPICAL DEPRESSION KAREN DISCUSSION NUMBER 13
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL122013
400 AM CDT SUN OCT 06 2013

THE CENTER OF KAREN IS BECOMING LESS DEFINED ON NIGHTTIME INFRARED
SATELLITE IMAGES…AND PRACTICALLY ALL OF THE DEEP CONVECTION IS
DISPLACED WELL TO THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST OF THE CENTER. SURFACE
SYNOPTIC DATA INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO 25
KT. GIVEN THAT THE GLOBAL MODELS PREDICT AN EVEN MORE HOSTILE
ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT SOON…WITH A VERY LARGE UPPER-TROPOSPHERIC
TROUGH MOVING INTO THE AREA AND BRINGING EVEN STRONGER SHEAR AND
DRIER AIR…KAREN SHOULD DEGENERATE TO A REMNANT LOW IN 12 HOURS OR
SO. THE CYCLONE IS LIKELY TO MERGE WITH A FRONTAL SYSTEM AND
DISSIPATE IN 36-48 HOURS…IF NOT SOONER.

IT APPEARS THAT THE SYSTEM HAS BEGUN TO MOVE VERY SLOWLY TOWARD THE
NORTHEAST…AND THE INITIAL MOTION IS ESTIMATED TO BE 045/2. KAREN
OR ITS REMNANT SHOULD TURN TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST WITH AN
INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED AS IT MOVES TO THE SOUTH OF A MID-LEVEL
TROUGH OVER THE EASTERN UNITED STATES DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.
THE OFFICIAL TRACK FORECAST IS CLOSE TO THE LATEST DYNAMICAL MODEL
CONSENSUS.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 06/0900Z 28.3N 91.7W 25 KT 30 MPH
12H 06/1800Z 29.0N 90.0W 25 KT 30 MPH…POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
24H 07/0600Z 29.8N 87.6W 25 KT 30 MPH…POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
36H 07/1800Z 30.4N 85.0W 25 KT 30 MPH…POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
48H 08/0600Z…DISSIPATED