Friday, October 29, 2010

Hurricane Shary (2010)

Storm Active: October 28-30
A trough of low pressure formed in the Caribbean on October 26. The trough was associated with an area of convection, but strong upper-level winds prevented development. However, on October 28, the shear relaxed enough for a central low pressure to form. However, the convection remained disassociated with this low until late on October 28, when the system developed an eyewall. At this point, the low was upgraded to Tropical Storm Shary.

Tropical Storm Shary sped to the northwest through the night, and shear began to increase on the system once again, giving it a lopsided appearance. This shear was produced by a strong front moving east off of the U.S. and this front also began to turn Shary to the north and then northeast. Despite adverse conditions, Shary strengthened as it began the turn, intensifying to 60 mph winds and a pressure of 1000 mb during the afternoon of October 29. The cyclone then made its closest approach to Bermuda, causing only showers and gusty winds however, as it passed well to the east. Shary's circulation was largely exposed through the coming day, but it continued to strengthen, becoming a minimal hurricane early on October 30.

By this time, Shary was speeding off to the northeast, and it briefly reached its peak intensity of 75 mph winds and a pressure of 989 mb before quickly becoming extratropical and being absorbed by a front later that afternoon. No damage resulted from Shary.

Hurricane Shary at peak intensity.

Track of Shary.

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