Blanca weakens to a tropical depression

posted Jul 11, 2012, 1:55 PM by Tom Kachelman
At 2:00 am PDT the center of Tropical Depression Blanca was located near latitude 20.8 north...longitude 119.0 west or about 600 miles / 970 km west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph / 22 km/hr and this general motion is expected to continue for the next day or two with some decrease in forward speed. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph / 55 km/hr with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 24 to 48 hr and Blanca could weaken to a remnant low later today or Thursday!

The marine advisory states that the tropical depressions center is located near 20.8n 119.0w at 08/0900z position accurate within 30 nm present movement toward the west-northwest or 295 degrees at 12 kt estimated minimum central pressure 1004 mb. Max. sustained winds 30 kt with gusts to 40 kt. Winds and seas vary greatly in each quadrant. Radii in nautical miles are the largest radii expected anywhere in that quadrant. Repeat: center located near 20.8n 119.0w at 08/0900z at 08/0600z center was located near 20.6n 118.5w

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Published on: Jul 8, 2009 @ 7:11