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AXNT20 KNHC 171556
TWDAT

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
1056 AM EST Wed Jan 17 2018

Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

Based on 1200 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
1715 UTC.

...SPECIAL FEATURES...

...Gulf of Mexico Gale Warning...

A strong cold front continues to move across the Gulf region. As
of 1200 UTC, the front extends from a 1023 mb low pressure over
South Carolina across northern Florida into the Gulf of Mexico to
near 24N90W to Veracruz, Mexico. Gale force winds are occuring
west of the front S of 26N based on latest scatterometer pass. A
recent altimeter pass indicates seas of 16-18 ft within the area
of gale force winds. The front will move south of the basin
tonight. Gale force winds are expected west of the front along the
coast of Mexico near Veracruz through tonight. Fresh to strong
northerly winds are expected elsewhere behind the front through
tonight. High pressure behind the front will slowly shift eastward
along the US Gulf coast through Friday. Please read the latest
NHC High Seas Forecast under AWIPS/WMO headers MIAHSFAT2/FZNT02
KNHC, and the latest NHC Offshore Waters Forecast,
MIAOFFNT4/FZNT24 KNHC, for more details.

...Atlantic Gale Warning...

The low pressure currently located over South Carolina will move
ENE into the western Atlantic Ocean while deepening. This will
induce a band of gale force winds north of 30N on Thursday behind
the strong cold front that will extend from 31N69W to eastern Cuba
on Thu, then weaken SE of the Bahamas from 24N65W to the Windward
Passage on Fri. Strong high pressure behind the front will bring
strong winds and high seas NE of the Bahamas Wed through Thu
night. Please read the latest NHC High Seas Forecast under
AWIPS/WMO headers MIAHSFAT2/FZNT02 KNHC, and the latest NHC
Offshore Waters Forecast, MIAOFFNT3/FZNT23 KNHC, for more details.

...MONSOON TROUGH/ITCZ...

The monsoon trough enters the Atlantic Ocean through Sierra Leone,
Africa and continues to 01N21W. The ITCZ extends from 01N21W to
02N40W to the Equator at 50W. Scattered moderate convection is
observed within about 120 nm N of the ITCZ between 30W-40W.
Similar convection is from 03N-04.5N between 42W-47W.

...DISCUSSION...

...GULF OF MEXICO...

A strong cold front is moving across the Gulf region. See the
Special Features section for more details. A band of multi-layer
clouds with embedded showers is associated with the front. A
ridge dominates the remainder of the Gulf waters. Fresh to locally
strong southerly flow will set-up across the western Gulf by Fri,
and persist on Saturday ahead on the next cold front forecast to
reach the Texas coast Sun night.

...CARIBBEAN SEA...

A weakening stationary front remains across the basin extending
from eastern Cuba to the SW Caribbean near 11N83W. 20N78W to
12N83W. An area of scattered showers and thunderstorms is noted
within about 180 nm west of the front from 15N-21N. Similar
convective activity is between the front and the coast of
Nicaragua. Patches of low-level moisture embedded in the trade
wind flow are seen across the remainder of the Caribbean Sea east
of the front. Scatterometer data depicts fresh to strong northerly
winds behind the front, and moderate to fresh trade winds east of
the frontal boundary, with the exception of fresh to strong winds
near the coast of Colombia. The front will dissipate later today.
Moisture associated with the remnants of the front will drift
westward today, keeping showers possible over Central America and
the northwest Caribbean. Strong winds will pulse near the
northwest Colombia coast each night through Saturday night.

...HISPANIOLA...

Relatively dry weather with partly cloudy skies and isolated
showers will prevail for the next couple of days over the island
due to the influence of a ridge. Computer models show increasing
moisture across the island toward the end of the work-week as a
cold front approaches from the west.

...ATLANTIC OCEAN...

A stationary front extends across the Atlantic from just E of
Bermuda to eastern Cuba. this front will dissipate later today.
A strong cold front will move off Florida this afternoon, extend
from 31N69W to eastern Cuba on Thu, then stall SE of the Bahamas
from 24N65W to the Windward Passage on Fri. Strong high pressure
behind the front will bring strong winds and high seas NE of the
Bahamas today through Thu night. An area of low pressure deepening
north of the area near Bermuda is expected to induce an band of
gale force winds in far northern waters N of 30N on Thursday. See
Special Features section. An upper- level low is reflected at the
surface as a trough that extends from 31N44W to 22N45W. Scattered
moderate convection prevails along the trough between 40W-46W.
The trough will drift westward over the next 24 hours. Strong high
pressure of 1038 mb is located near Azores at 40N25W dominating
the remainder of the basin.

For additional information please visit
http://www.hurricanes.gov/marine

$$
GR



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