Only 30 more hours until the 2005 Hurricane Season is over, but Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to take her ball and go home just yet. Tropical Storm Epsilon is puttering around the central Atlantic giving National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield something to do.
The 4PM EST advisory gives Epsilon winds of 50mph, up slightly from earlier in the day, and an estimated central pressure of 993mb. The center of the storm is located 800 miles east of Bermuda and it is moving towards the west at 8 mph.
The NHC discussion notes that inner-core convection has weakened and "the earlier ragged eye-like feature has disappeared." It does note that Epsilon is located over waters of about 25 degrees Celsius. Such Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) are marginally warm enough to support a minimal hurricane. Deep convection and the eye-like feature are expected to return in the next 12 hours as Epsilon moves away from a low pressure system that has been affected it over the past several hours.
The computer models are in excellent agreement on the storm's expected track and steer it clear of land. Epsilon is expected to continue on its current track for the next 24 hours and then curve to the north and pass safely out to sea.Microwave imagery suggests that Epsilon's core remains well organized and capable of reflaring tonight.