Have you seen the 360 hour forecast from the 18z GFS? Don’t worry. I looked for you!
The GFS (Global Forecast System) is a dynamic atmospheric computer model. It’s one tool in forecasting the weather.
The +360h iteration (valid August 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM) puts some sort of hurricanish storm just south of Long Island. Ominous is a good word to describe what the map portrays.
Here’s the good news. 360 hours out, especially in the summer, we have almost no skill at all! Saying its late August is probably a more convincing argument for a nearby hurricane than anything the GFS outputs.
Every time I see one of these systems (nearly guaranteed not to be on the next model run) I ask myself the same thing: Why even bother going out that far?
I don’t think there’s a good answer.