The Hurricane Network has recently in the past hour or so has been tracking in real-time the progress of Gordon via surface observations and radar data. Our forecasters are highly seasonally trained that are either a meteorology graduate or studying tropical/mesoscale meteorology.
At about 0130 UTC, The Hurricane Network meteorologist Brandon Ryan found that Gordon had winds just above the surface of 75-90 mph. Based on this information and current trends of a convection burst, it was my call to upgrade Gordon unofficially to a hurricane at 0200 UTC with a special advisory package. However, if the radar indicated a huge jump in wind speed, we would rely on data from NHC for an upgrade. The data as of the time of this statement still coming in suggests Gordon is a hurricane with radar velocities now over the Mississippi/Alabama border of 75 mph.
As we mention during the beginning of the season, The Hurricane Network is an independently ran meteorological agency which is unrelated to any government agency. We always urge our users to refer to the official government-issued forecasts from the National Weather Service or their official government agency in their nation.
The Hurricane Network will continue to issue products on Gordon as a “hurricane” and will complete a post-storm analysis prior to Nov. 31, 2018 and will make a final decision on the storm status.
Please remember to monitor local media and the National Weather Service for official messages on Gordon.
Keith Latteri, Director of Operations