|Tropical Storm Barry||Winds: 35 kt|
|Pressure: 1008 mbar|
|Advisory 15 / 04:00 PM CDT Sun Jul 14 2019|
Tropical Storm Barry is continuing its slow slog towards the Ozarks this afternoon. While the circulation is easily evident in surface observations, there are signs that the wind field is becoming increasingly ill-defined. As was the case for nearly the entirety of Barry's history, convection remains displaced far from the center. The KLCH radar site has been consistently showing an area of Doppler velocities greater than 40 kt at 2kft aloft. A tidal station at Calacasieu Pass has substantiated these measurements, reporting winds at about the gale-force threshold all morning and early afternoon. Sustained winds of 33 kt were reported in New Iberia at around 18z, which are some of the highest winds we've seen well inland. Based on these values, we'll keep Barry a minimal tropical storm for this advisory.
Steering is still weak, though the overall motion of Barry has been predominantly towards the north-northwest. The wind and pressure centers of Barry are in the process of decoupling, but overall the general circulation should move towards the north and later northeast with time around a low-level ridge over Florida. No change to the intensity forecast this advisory as inland decay is progressing as anticipated. The offshore patch of stronger winds should soon abate as Barry drifts farther inland.
FORECAST MAX WINDS
INIT 14/2100Z 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND
12H 15/0600Z 30 KT 35 MPH...INLAND
24H 15/1800Z 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
36H 16/0600Z 20 KT 25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW48H 16/1800Z...DISSIPATED