Tropical Weather Discussion

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NHC Tropical Weather Discussion (Atlantic)

National Hurricane Center - Tropical Weather Discussion (Atlantic)

NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

AXNT20 KNHC 220000

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Sat Jul 21 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 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
2345 UTC.


A tropical wave is starting to move off the coast of Africa this
afternoon, accompanied by thunderstorms from Sierra Leone to
Senegal. The wave's axis extends along 16N between 10N-23N.

A tropical wave is in the eastern Atlantic with axis extending
from 07N-20N along 35W, moving W at 10-15 kt. Saharan dry air and
dust continue to prevail in the wave's environment as shown by
CIRA LPW and GOES-16 RGB imagery. This is inhibiting large scale
convection at this time.

A tropical wave is in the central Atlantic with axis extending
from 09N-20N along 49W, moving W at 10-15 kt. The wave is moving
across an extensive area of Saharan dry air, which is hindering
convection at the time.

A low amplitude and low latitude tropical wave is moving across
Venezuela into eastern Colombia with axis extending from 00N-11N
along 71W, moving W at 10-15 kt. Scattered moderate convection is
observed across the Orinoco Plains of eastern Colombia. The
tropical wave will lose some definition as it moves across the
Andes through Sun, but may emerge into the eastern Pacific off
Colombia Mon.

A tropical wave is in the west Caribbean from western Panama to
west Cuba. The tropical wave is interacting with trade
convergence to support thunderstorms from central Panama to off
Costa Rica to eastern Nicaragua.


The monsoon trough axis extends from the coast of Mauritania in W
Africa near 16N17W and continues to 08N30W. The ITCZ begins near
08N36W and continues to Guyana near 08N59W. No significant
convection is observed at this time with these features.



A vigorous short wave trough in the mid to upper levels of the
atmosphere is supporting a large area of thunderstorms moving
through southwest Georgia and the eastern Florida Panhandle. The
storms will move across the Florida Big Bend area of the far
northeast Gulf over the next two to three hours, catching up to a
surface trough moving south into central Florida and the east
central Gulf. Farther south, a few thunderstorms remain active
approximately 120 nm southwest of Tampa Bay. Buoy observations and
recent scatterometer data show moderate to fresh W to NW winds
over the northeast Gulf, with 2 to 4 ft seas. Stronger gusts and
locally higher seas are possible near the thunderstorms emerging
into the Big Bend area. Elsewhere, 1017 mb high pressure is
centered over the south central Gulf with a surface ridge
extending toward the Texas coast. This is maintaining gentle
breezes and 1 to 3 ft seas.

The weak boundary across Central Florida will gradually settle
southward over the next few days, bringing moderate west-
southwesterly flow. The increasing westerly fetch will bring
gradually higher seas in the offshore Gulf waters by early next
week. Showers and thunderstorms will persist over the eastern Gulf
through Sun. A surface trough will move off the Yucatan Peninsula
into the Bay of Campeche each evening, accompanied by fresh
nocturnal winds and scattered showers. Otherwise little change is


A recent scatterometer pass showed strong trade winds over the
central and northeast coasts of Colombia, reaching as far north as
15N. Seas are estimated to be 10 to 13 ft in this area. Aside
from the thunderstorms over the southwest Caribbean, little to no
shower or thunderstorm activity is noted due to the presence of
Saharan dust and dry air, mainly impacting the eastern Caribbean.

For the forecast, high pressure north of the area will support
strong to near gale force winds in the south-central Caribbean
through tonight before winds diminish.


Mid to upper-level diffluent flow between a ridge in the west
Atlantic and a trough along the eastern U.S. continue to support
scattered showers and tstms in a line from roughly Grand Bahama to
north of 31N75W. Similarly divergent flow aloft between the upper
ridge and an upper low farther east near 28N57W will support
scattered showers and thunderstorms northeast of the Turks and
Caicos Islands within 90 nm of of 24N69W. Saharan dust is evident
to the south of this clusters of thunderstorms, presenting the
potential for strong gusty winds accompanying these thunderstorms.
For the forecast, high pressure ridge across the northern waters
will remain in place through Sun before lifting N Mon through
Wed. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will persist N of 27N
and E of 78W through early next week.

Fair weather is elsewhere across the Atlantic, however hazy
conditions are expected S of 26N as the extensive Saharan Air
Layer outbreak moves across the Atlantic tropical waters.

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Posted: July 22, 2018, 12:00 am