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AXNT20 KNHC 201214

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
814 AM EDT Tue Mar 20 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 0600 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
1100 UTC.



The 12-hour forecast, starting at 20/0600 UTC, is for a cold
front to be along 31N80W 30N81W. Expect: N of 29N E of the cold
front to 76W, SW winds 25 to 35 knots. Seas ranging from 9 feet
to 12 feet. The 24-hour forecast consists of: the cold front along
31N75W TO 26N80W. N of 28N W of front to 79W, W to NW winds 30 to
35 knots. Seas ranging from 10 feet to 13 feet. Also N of 29N
within 60 nm E of front, SW winds 30 to 35 kt, with seas 10 to 12


The 12-hour forecast, starting at 20/0600 UTC, is for a cold
front to be along 29N83W 21N97W. Expect: N OF 26N W of the cold
front to 93W, W to NW winds 20 to 25 knots with frequent gusts to
gale force within 30 nm of the coast between 83W and 88W. Seas
less than 8 feet.

...GALE WARNING for the METEO-FRANCE areas...

Please refer to the METEO-FRANCE High Seas Forecast, that is
forecast for the area that is called: AGADIR, TARFAYA, and
CANARIAS. The OUTLOOK, for the 24 hours that follow the forecast
that is valid until 21/0600 UTC, consists of: the persistence of
a N or NE near gale or gale in: AGADIR, TARFAYA, CANARIAS, and CAP


The monsoon trough passes through the coastal sections of Sierra
Leone near 08N13W, to 04N20W. The ITCZ continues from 04N20W to
01N30W, to Brazil near 01N51W. Scattered moderate convection is
from 01N to 06N between 18W and 27W.


Please read the Special Features section for information about
the gale warning in the Gulf of Mexico.

Upper level westerly wind flow is moving across the open waters of
the Gulf of Mexico.

A cold front passes through SE Louisiana, to S Texas N of
Brownsville. A prefrontal trough extends from the Florida
Panhandle near 31N87W to the W Gulf near 24N95W. Isolated moderate
convection is over the NE Gulf and N Florida N of 29N E of 90W.

The current cold front will shift SE across the forecast waters,
moving SE of the area by early Wednesday. High pressure will
build in the wake of the front.


Undersea volcano Kick`em Jenny, north of Grenada near 12.18N
61.38W, is in a state of unrest. The government of Grenada advises
mariners to observe a 5 km or 3.1 nm exclusion zone around
Kick`em Jenny. Please refer to the webpage,, for
additional information.

Broad upper level anticyclonic wind flow spans the area.

A surface ridge passes from the Atlantic Ocean at 23N70W to W
Cuba near 23N84W. A 1007 mb low is centered over N Colombia. The
resultant surface pressure gradient will support fresh to locally
strong trade winds across the south central Caribbean Sea during
the next several days. Winds will reach near gale force along the
NW coast of Colombia during the overnight hours.


Please read the Special Features section for information about
the gale warning in the Atlantic Ocean.

An upper level trough that is in the central Atlantic Ocean is
supporting a surface trough that passes through 32N53W to 26N67W.
Scattered showers are from 26N to 32N between 48W and 53W.

A surface ridge extends from a 1029 mb high pressure center that
is near 34N27W, to 23N48W.

The surface trough will move eastward today. A stronger cold
front that will be moving into the region late on today. Winds
will reach gale force north of 28N from tonight through Wednesday
night as the front moves eastward. The wind speeds and sea
heights will diminish on Thursday, as the front reaches from
Bermuda to the Windward Passage, then continues E and weakens

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