Hurricane Hermine - August 27-September 8, 2016
A tropical wave emerged from the west coast of Africa on August 16th. A
small batch of thunderstorms formed near the
wave for a couple days afterward, but then waned on the 20th and 21st due
to subsidence aloft. On the 22nd and 23rd,
convection increased again near the wave, with heavy rainfall spreading
across portions of the Leeward Islands late
on the 23rd. Rains extended westward across the Greater Antilles on the
24th and 25th as the wave moved west at near
23 mph. Tropical storm-force winds were seen north of the Greater Antilles,
but the fast motion of the wave prevented the
existence of a closed wind circulation near an associated surface low.
On the 26th, the northern portion of the wave
moved towards the Florida Straits and slowed down. Vertical wind shear
caused a loss of thunderstorm organization and
winds weakened below tropical storm force. On the 28th, a well defined
center formed and a tropical depression was deemed
to have formed 50 miles south-southeast of Key West that afternoon. The
system moved west into the Gulf of Mexico through
the 30th. Moderate northwesterly vertical wind shear kept development
slow. The system became a tropical storm north
of Cancun early on the 31st.
Strengthening increased thereafter while the system turned to the north-
northeast across the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Within its central convective cover, an eye feature formed on September 1st
and Hermine became a hurricane that afternoon
south of Apalachicola. Hermine made landfall near St. Marks very early on
the morning of the 2nd and weakened thereafter,
becoming a tropical storm again just north-northeast of Tallahassee. The
storm moved northeast across the coastal plains
of Georgia and the Carolinas from the 2nd into early on the 3rd. Transition
into an extratropical cyclone began during this
transit and completed early on the 3rd near Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.
The strong extratropical cyclone edged away from
the East Coast into the 5th. After the low occluded, it turned northwest
and west, backing towards the Mid-Atlantic coast.
The deep layer low drifted offshort New Jersey and Long Island on the 7th
with the system losing tropical storm-force winds
on the morning of the 7th. The system turned northeast on the 8th and
dissipated near Chatham, Massachusetts during that
The first three graphics below show the storm total rainfall for Hurricane
Hermine, which used rain guage information from
National Weather Service River Forecast Centers, Forecast Offices, and
CoCoRAHS. The fourth image is a National Weather
Service composite radar/rain guage rainfall estimate graphic.