Tropical Storm Katia Forms in the Atlantic

As of 5:00 a.m. AST on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 (NHC Advisory #5): Tropical Storm Katia has formed in the tropical Atlantic, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and a West-Northwesterly (290°) movement of 17 mph. Katia is forecast to continue strengthening during the next 48 hours, reaching near hurricane intensity by late Wednesday or early Thursday, and possibly major hurricane strength (Category 3 / 115 mph winds) by Sunday.

Above: Swell wave height and direction for Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The forecast for Buoy 41010 (120 NM East of Cape Canaveral, FL) is already predicting solid surf from Katia, with a long-period ESE swell building Sunday into Tuesday (6 feet at 14 seconds, 107°). This is also good news for the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York, which kicks off its holding period on Thursday, and runs through September 15th.