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What will Bertha do next?

What will Bertha do next? That seems to be the big question. As of July 09 Bertha has started to move in a West/Northwest direction and has been maintaining its category 1 strength. ...

What will Bertha do next? That seems to be the big question. As of July 09 Bertha has started to move in a West/Northwest direction and has been maintaining its category 1 strength. In recent imagery the eye appears to be reforming, and with the storms movement over warmer waters in the next few days would mean intensification would be inevitable. However, the question still remains how the wind shear will affect the storm as it moves in the Atlantic. If the wind shear weakens as the storm moves west then Bertha could intensify, but if it remains strong then the storm will follow the original forecast and weaken. The image below is of Hurricane Bertha as a Category 3 on July 07, 2008 at 21Z. The image was generated using GrADs and the TRMM Globally-merged IR brightness temperature data, merged from all available geostationary satellites (GOES-8/10, METEOSAT-7/5 & GMS).

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