Marine Interpretation Message
Issued by NWS
AGXX40 KNHC 241918
Marine Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
318 PM EDT Mon Apr 24 2017
Marine Weather Discussion for the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea,
and Tropical North Atlantic from 07N to 19N between 55W and 64W
and the Southwest North Atlantic including the Bahamas
...GULF OF MEXICO...
A cold front extends from the Florida Big Bend to near Tuxpan
Mexico. Moderate to fresh northerly winds and seas up to 6 ft
are noted in the wake of the front, forecast to reach from south
Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula late this morning, pushing SE
of the Gulf late today. Weak high pressure will build behind the
front with decreasing winds and seas by late today into Tuesday.
By mid week, fresh to strong southerly return flow is forecast
develop over the western half of the Gulf between a ridge
extending from the Atlantic into the Gulf waters and a low
pressure system over northern Texas and NE Mexico. Seas are
expected to build to 7-8 ft across the NW Gulf by Wednesday
morning in association with these winds.
The next cold front will enter the Gulf region by Wednesday
night and extend from SE Louisiana to near Tampico Mexico by
Thusrday morning, and from the western Florida Panhandle to the
Bay of Campeche by Thursday afternoon. Then, it is forecast to
lift N by Thursday night with a southerly return flow dominating
most the Gulf at that time. Moderate to fresh northerly winds
are expected in the wake of this second front with building seas
to 5-6 ft.
...CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 19N BETWEEN
55W AND 64W...
The most recent scatterometer data indicate moderate to locally
fresh NW winds over the NW Caribbean and the Yucatan Channel,
behind a trough that extends from a low pressure in the northern
Bahamas to near 20N83W. Mainly light and variable winds are
noted over the central Caribbean, while moderate to fresh
easterly winds dominate the eastern Caribbean on the SW periphery
of a high pressure center located near 28N63W.
A cold front will enter the northwest Caribbean late today, then
will reach from central Cuba to northern Honduras tonight into
Tuesday before dissipating. Moderate to fresh NW winds are
forecast behind the front today. Then, expect light to gentle
winds across the western half of the Caribbean Tuesday and
Tuesday night. Mainly moderate to fresh trade winds will prevail
across the remainder of the basin and Tropical North Atlantic
waters throughout the forecast period. Northeast swell continues
to affect the Atlantic passages in the northeast Caribbean,
including the Anegada and Mona Passages, and also the Tropical N
Atlantic waters with seas of 6-7 ft. Seas will subside to 4-6 ft
across those areas on Tuesday. Then, expect increasing winds and
building seas across the south-central Caribbean Wednesday night
through Fri night, with the strongest winds of 20-25 kt and seas
of 6-9 ft near the coast of Colombia by Friday night.
...SW N ATLANTIC INCLUDING THE BAHAMAS...
Since yesterday, a low pressure has moved from the SE Gulf
across South Florida into the NW Bahamas producing numerous
showers and some thunderstorms. The low pressure is very well
defined using night channel visible imagery. The center of 1006
mb is just north of the Grand Bahama Island. A trough extends
from the low center across central Cuba into the NW Caribbean.
The most recent scatterometer data indicate fresh to strong winds
within about 90 nm north semicircle of the low, with mainly
moderate to fresh southerly winds just ahead of the trough axis.
The pressure gradient between this deepening low and the high
pressure to the east will result in strong to near gale force
southeast winds developing northeast of the Bahamas through
tonight, with seas building to 8 to 12 ft. Sustained winds to
minimal gale force are anticipated across forecast zone AMZ113,
east of the low today before the low moves north of the area. As
the low merges with a frontal system later today, a cold front
will cross the NW waters. The front will then reach from 31N75W
to central Cuba on Tuesday morning, with strong southerly winds
persisting east of the front. Winds and seas will gradually
diminish by Wednesday across the forecast region as the low lifts
well north of the area and the associated cold front dissipates
over the SW N Atlantic waters. By that time, a ridge, with axis
along 29N, will dominate the forecast region. This ridge will
persist through Friday.
.WARNINGS...Any changes impacting coastal NWS offices will be
coordinated through AWIPS II Collaboration Chat, or by
.GULF OF MEXICO...
.CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 19N BETWEEN
55W AND 64W...
.SW N ATLANTIC INCLUDING THE BAHAMAS...
.AMZ113...ATLANTIC FROM 27N TO 31N BETWEEN 70W AND 77W...
Gale Warning today.
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