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 Status: Finalised Material from: Linus


1. Impact

On the 9 June several sailing boats had to be rescued after being hit by a storm on the Atlantic. The boats participated in the race OSTAR 2017 (single-handed crossing of the Atlantic).  

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2. Description of the event

The plots below show the MSLP and precipitation in a short forecast valid 12UTC on 9 June and ASCAT winds valid 22UTC on 9 June.

3. Predictability


3.1 Data assimilation


3.2 HRES

3.3 ENS

The plots below show the EFI and SOT for mean wind speed valid 9 June.

The plot below shows the ensemble evolution for the 24-hour maximum mean wind speed on 9 June in the box 45-55N, 20W-30W. The ensemble distribution is shown in blue, HREs as red dots, and the model climate valid for June in red box-and-whisker. From 4 June and onwards the ensemble median was above the 99th percentile of the model climate.

The plots below show the cyclone features in forecasts valid 12UTC on 9 June.

3.4 Monthly forecasts

The plots below show MSLP anomalies for the week of 5-11 June. The negative anomaly over the north-eastern Atlantic was captured 2 weeks in advance.

3.5 Comparison with other centres

4. Experience from general performance/other cases

5. Good and bad aspects of the forecasts for the event

  • High probability for a storm was captured 5 days in advance
  • Cyclonic dominated weather was detected 2 weeks in advance

6. Additional material