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Latest Tropical Weather Outlook

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Graphical Tropical Weather Discussion

NHC Tropical Weather Discussion (Atlantic)

National Hurricane Center - Tropical Weather Discussion (Atlantic)
  • NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

    AXNT20 KNHC 180514

    Tropical Weather Discussion
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
    1214 AM EST Mon Feb 18 2019

    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 0000 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
    0515 UTC.


    ...Caribbean Gale Warning...

    High pressure over the tropical Atlantic will build westward
    across the Caribbean basin during the next day or so, which will
    tighten the pressure gradient between the high and lower pressures
    inland over Colombia. This will result in gale-force winds along
    the Coast of Colombia and portions of the southwestern Caribbean.
    These gale-force winds are expected to develop by 0900 UTC
    tonight from 11N-12.5N between 74W-76W, with seas reaching 12 ft.
    Please refer to the latest Atlantic High Seas Forecast product,
    under AWIPS/WMO headers FZNT02 KNHC/HSFAT2, or at website
    https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/MIAHSFAT2.shtml for more details.


    The monsoon trough passes through W Africa near 09N13W and
    extends to 03N20W. The ITCZ continues from 03N20W to 00N28W to the
    coast of South America near 02S44W. Scattered moderate convection
    is from 03N-06N between 12W-20W, and from 01N-04S between 08W-16W.


    The tail end of a cold front extends from S Louisiana near 30N91W
    to N of Tampico Mexico near 23N97W. Low stratus and fog are W of
    front. 20-25 kt northerly winds are W of the front. The remainder
    of the basin has 10-20 kt southeast to south flow as a high
    pressure over the western Atlantic extends over the E Gulf

    The cold front will extend from Tarpon Springs, Florida SW to the
    central gulf to the Bay of Campeche by Mon evening. The front
    will then lift N toward the NW Gulf states through Tue evening
    before moving off the Texas coast again early Wed and stalling
    over the NW Gulf through Fri. Expect fresh to strong NE-E winds N
    of 22N and W of the front tonight through Tue morning. Fresh to
    strong N-NE winds are expected W of the cold front on Wed.


    Please refer to the SPECIAL FEATURES section above for more
    details about the Gale Warning in effect over the south-central
    Caribbean waters near Colombia.

    Recent scatterometer pass and surface observations indicated
    fresh to strong southeast winds over the Gulf of Honduras, and
    moderate to fresh easterly trade winds over much of the remainder
    of the basin. Other than some quick moving-trade wind showers, no
    significant convection is noted across the basin as dry air in
    the mid-to-upper levels continues to dominate the region.

    Strong to near gale force winds are expected over the S central
    Caribbean tonight through next weekend, reaching minimal gale
    force along the coast of Colombia at night each night. Strong
    winds will expand northward to Hispaniola adjacent waters by Mon
    night and westward past Jamaica by Tue night as strong high
    pressure builds N of the area. Fresh to strong E to SE winds are
    also expected across the Caribbean waters W of 85W, including the
    Gulf of Honduras, through Fri. NE to E swell will build over
    Atlantic waters E of the Windward and Leeward Islands by mid week
    continuing through the weekend.


    The basin is dominated by a surface ridge anchored by a 1030 mb
    surface high centered near 30N37W. This pattern maintains gentle
    to moderate winds across the western Atlantic, and moderate to
    fresh winds over the central and Eastern Atlantic.

    A cold front will move off the NE Florida coast Mon evening, then
    stall over the waters N of 27N Tue. The western part of the front
    will lift N by Tue night, while the eastern part is forecast to
    move S-SE until dissipating over the SE waters on Thu. A ridge
    will build again by mid week and will prevail through the weekend.

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