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MARINE WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
149 PM EST THU JAN 29 2015

MARINE WEATHER DISCUSSION FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO...CARIBBEAN
SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 19N BETWEEN 55W AND
64W...AND THE SW N ATLANTIC INCLUDING THE BAHAMAS.

...GULF OF MEXICO...

MODEL PREFERENCE: LATEST GFS BLENDED WITH PREVIOUS OFFICIAL
FORECAST. TAFB-NWPS USED FOR WAVE HEIGHTS. MEDIUM-HIGH
CONFIDENCE THROUGH SUN...THEN LOW-MEDIUM.

1028 MB HIGH PRES CENTERED IN EAST-CENTRAL GEORGIA CONTROLS THE
WEATHER ACROSS THE BASIN WITH A RIDGE AXIS EXTENDING SW FROM THE
HIGH TO THE MEXICO COAST NEAR TUXPAN. THE LATEST IN-SITU AND
REMOTE SENSED OBSERVATIONS ARE REPORTING MAINLY GENTLE TO
MODERATE RETURN FLOW. SEAS ARE 1-3 FT EXCEPT 3-5 FT IN THE SE
GULF. THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH THE
REMAINDER OF TODAY.

MODELS REMAIN IN DECENT AGREEMENT FOR A WEAK COLD FRONT TO DROP
INTO THE NORTHERN GULF TONIGHT WITH A PERIOD OF FRESH N-NE WINDS
BEHIND IT BY FRI MORNING. THE FRONT WILL STALL ALONG 26N-27N BY
FRI AFTERNOON THEN WILL LIFT BACK TO THE N AS A WEAK WARM FRONT
THROUGH SAT NIGHT. MODERATE TO FRESH E-SE WINDS WILL PREVAIL
ACROSS THE GULF SAT THROUGH SAT NIGHT WITH SEAS BUILDING TO 4-6
FT BY LATE SAT NIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY.

THE NEXT SIGNIFICANT COLD FRONT IS LIKELY TO EMERGE OFF THE
TEXAS AND LOUISIANA COASTS SUN NIGHT INTRODUCING STRONG TO NEAR
GALE FORCE NORTHERLY WINDS ACROSS THE WESTERN THIRD OF THE GULF
BY EARLY MON WITH SEAS 4-6 FT BUILDING QUICKLY TO 6-9 FT. AS
THIS FORECAST PERIOD NEARS...POTENTIAL REMAINS FOR GALE FORCE
WINDS OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO FROM TAMPICO TO VERACRUZ LATE SUN
NIGHT THROUGH LATE MON NIGHT. THERE IS SIGNIFICANT DISAGREEMENT
WITH MODEL SOLUTIONS FOR THIS NEXT FRONT WITH THE GFS SHOWING
GALE FORCE WINDS AND A MUCH MORE PROGRESSIVE FRONT. THE ECMWF
HOWEVER STALLS THE FRONT IN THE WESTERN GULF BY TUE MORNING WITH
WEAK LOW PRES DEVELOPING ALONG IT. GIVEN SUCH UNCERTAINTY WILL
NOT YET HEADLINE GALE CONDITIONS POSSIBLE IN THE OFFSHORE WATERS
FORECAST.

...CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 19N BETWEEN
55W AND 64W...

MODEL PREFERENCE: LATEST GFS BLENDED WITH PREVIOUS OFFICIAL
FORECAST. TAFB-NWPS USED FOR WAVE HEIGHTS. MEDIUM-HIGH
CONFIDENCE.

A DISSIPATING STATIONARY FRONT IS CURRENTLY WEAKENING INTO A
SURFACE TROUGH EXTENDING FROM HISPANIOLA SW TO THE COSTA RICA
AND PANAMA BORDER NEAR 10N83W. OVERNIGHT AND RECENT MORNING
SCATTEROMETER DATA INDICATED FRESH TO STRONG N-NE WINDS E OF
NICARAGUA WHERE AN ALTIMETER PASS CAPTURED SEAS IN THE 7-9 FT
RANGE. THE SCATTEROMETER PASSES ALSO SHOWED FRESH TO STRONG N-NE
WINDS...EVEN A FEW BARBS OF NEAR GALE FORCE IN THE VICINITY OF
12N75W...OFF THE NW COAST OF COLOMBIA WHERE SEAS ARE 8-11 FT...
AND IN THE WINDWARD PASSAGE AND LEE OF CUBA WITH SEAS TO 9 FT E
AND S OF JAMAICA.

THE SURFACE TROUGHING WILL CONTINUE TO DRIFT WESTWARD BECOMING
DIFFUSE OVERNIGHT WITH THE ASSOCIATED WIND FIELD ALONG THE COAST
OF NICARAGUA DIMINISHING BY FRI MORNING. THE FRESH TO STRONG
WINDS NEAR THE NW COAST OF COLOMBIA WILL EXPAND OUTWARD IN
COVERAGE AND WILL PEAK NEAR GALE FORCE DURING THE LATE NIGHT AND
EARLY MORNING HOURS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS WITH SEAS BUILDING
TO UP TO 14 FT BY SUN MORNING AND AGAIN MON MORNING. MEANWHILE
WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO PULSE TO FRESH TO STRONG LEVELS IN AND
DOWNWIND OF THE WINDWARD PASSAGE THROUGH SUN MORNING WITH SEAS
OCCASIONALLY BUILDING TO 8 FT NEAR EASTERN JAMAICA.

OTHERWISE...MODERATE TO LOCALLY FRESH NE TO E WINDS AND 4-7 FT
SEAS WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE CARIBBEAN WATERS
THROUGH THE FORECAST PERIOD.

IN THE TROPICAL N ATLC...MODERATE E-SE WINDS AND 5-8 FT SEAS
WILL PREVAIL THROUGH SUN NIGHT. BY SUN NIGHT...RIDGING CENTERED
IN THE SW NORTH ATLC REGION WILL SHIFT EAST INTO THE CENTRAL
ATLC...STRENGTHENING THE PRES GRADIENT AND RESULT IN MODERATE TO
LOCALLY FRESH NE-E WINDS WITH SEAS BUILDING TO 7-9 FT.

...SW N ATLANTIC INCLUDING THE BAHAMAS...

MODEL PREFERENCE: LATEST GFS BLENDED WITH PREVIOUS OFFICIAL
FORECAST. TAFB-NWPS USED FOR WAVE HEIGHTS. MEDIUM CONFIDENCE.

A STATIONARY FRONT EXTENDS FROM 28N61W TO THE N CENTRAL COAST OF
HISPANIOLA. SATELLITE IMAGERY AND LIGHTNING DATA SHOWS SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND ISOLATED TSTMS OCCURRING WITHIN 180 NM E OF THE
BOUNDARY. MEANWHILE...A COLD FRONT TO THE WEST...CONTINUES TO
MERGE WITH THE STATIONARY FRONT EXTENDING FROM NEAR 31N60W TO
23N70W TO EASTERN CUBA NEAR 21N75W. SCATTEROMETER DATA SHOWED
FRESH TO STRONG WINDS AHEAD OF THE STATIONARY FRONT...LIKELY
INFLUENCED BY THE ACTIVE CONVECTION...N OF 27N WITH FRESH TO
STRONG W-NW WINDS N OF 28N W OF THE COLD FRONT TO 70W. ALTIMETER
PASSES AND SHIP DATA SAMPLED 7-10 FT SEAS N OF 25N W OF THE
FRONTS TO THE BAHAMAS.

AS THE FRONT MERGE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND PUSH E OF 65W
WITH THE TAIL END STALLING ALONG 61W IN ZONE AMZ127. HIGH PRES
ACROSS THE SE UNITED STATES ANCHORED BY A 1028 MB HIGH NEAR
33N82W WILL BUILD IN FROM THE NW AS THE NEXT COLD FRONT
APPROACHES. THE HIGH WILL REACH 31N75W BY LATE FRI.

THE FRONT WILL ENTER THE NW PORTION FRI LATE MORNING AND EXTEND
FROM 31N76W TO 29N81W FRI AFTERNOON. FRESH TO NEAR GALE FORCE SW
WINDS WILL OCCUR JUST AHEAD OF THE FRONT...WITH FRESH TO NEAR
GALE FORCE NW-N WINDS BEHIND IT. THE FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO SAG
TO THE S-SE THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK INTO THE WEEKEND
EXTENDING FROM 31N63W TO THE NW BAHAMAS AND SOUTH FLORIDA BY SAT
MORNING THEN WILL STALL FROM 25N65W TO THE STRAITS OF FLORIDA
SAT NIGHT WHILE TRANSITIONING TO MORE OF A SHEAR LINE.

HIGH PRES ACROSS THE CAROLINAS WILL ONCE AGAIN BUILD SE INTO THE
SW NORTH ATLC AND ANCHOR NEAR 31N74W BY SUN MORNING. THAT HIGH
WILL RACE E-SE REACHING 30N55W BY MON MORNING. A POTENTIALLY
VIGOROUS COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE NW PORTION SUN NIGHT INTO
MON MORNING WITH FRESH TO STRONG S-SW WINDS DEVELOPING JUST
OFFSHORE OF NORTHERN FLORIDA. THAT NEXT FRONT IS FORECAST TO
REACH FROM 31N77W TO NEAR CAPE CANAVERAL BY MON AFTERNOON WITH
STRONG WINDS BOTH AHEAD OF AND BEHIND IT. THE 12Z ECMWF SOLUTION
HAS COME INTO MORE AGREEMENT WITH POSITIONING OF FRONT BY
MON...HOWEVER REMAINS SLIGHTLY FASTER AND A TAD WEAKER THAN THE
GFS ACROSS THE ATLC WATERS.

$$

.WARNINGS...ANY CHANGES IMPACTING COASTAL NWS OFFICES WILL BE
COORDINATED THROUGH AWIPS 12 PLANET CHAT OR BY TELEPHONE:

.GULF OF MEXICO...
     NONE.

.CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 19N BETWEEN
55W AND 64W...
     NONE.

.SW N ATLANTIC INCLUDING THE BAHAMAS...
     NONE.

$$

*FOR DETAILED ZONE DESCRIPTIONS PLEASE VISIT:
HTTP://WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/ABOUTTAFBPROD.SHTML#OWF

NOTE: GRIDDED MARINE FORECASTS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE
NATIONAL DIGITAL FORECAST DATABASE (NDFD) AT:
HTTP://WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/MARINE/GRIDS.PHP

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:
HTTP://WWW.HURRICANE WARNINGS.GOV/MARINE

$$

.FORECASTER HUFFMAN. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER.


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