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Tropical Cyclone Report

Tropical Storm Felicia

17 - 23 July 2003

Jack Beven
National Hurricane Center
17 December 2003

Tropical Storm Felicia moved uneventfully through the eastern north Pacific.

a. Synoptic History

Felicia formed from a tropical wave that moved westward from the coast of Africa on 4 July. The wave crossed Central America on 12 July and passed south of the Gulf of Tehuantepec on 14 July. At that time, convection began to increase in coverage and organization, and the first satellite intensity estimates were made the next day. Convection further increased in organization on 17 July, and it is estimated that a tropical depression formed about 315 n mi south of Manzanillo, Mexico near 1800 UTC. The "best track" chart of Felicia's path is given in Figure 1, with the wind and pressure histories shown in Figure 2 and Figure 3, respectively. The best track positions and intensities are listed in Table 1.

Felicia became a tropical storm early on 18 July and reached a peak intensity of 45 kt later that day. After that, vertical wind shear caused gradual weakening, with Felicia becoming a depression again on 20 July. During that time, the cyclone moved generally westward, followed by a west-northwestward turn on 21 July. Felicia continued slow weakening, and it weakened to a remnant low on 23 July. The low crossed into the central Pacific basin later that day and dissipated on 24 July about 600 n mi east of the Hawaiian Islands.

b. Meteorological Statistics

Observations in Felicia (Figure 2 and Figure 3) include satellite-based Dvorak technique intensity estimates from the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB), the Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB) and the U. S. Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA). Microwave satellite imagery from the NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites was also useful in tracking Felicia.

There were no ship reports of winds of tropical storm force associated with Felicia.

c. Casualty and Damage Statistics

There were no reports of damages or casualties associated with Felicia.

d. Forecast and Warning Critique

Average official track errors (with the number of cases in parentheses) for Felicia were 37 (20), 53 (18), 74 (16), 112 (14), 188 (10), 195 (6), and 142 (2) n mi for the 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96, and 120 h forecasts, respectively1. These errors are lower than the average official track errors for the 10-yr period 1993-20022 (39, 72, 103, 131, 186, 197, and 223 n mi, respectively). These errors were also lower than the errors for the Climatology-Persistence method (40, 71, 110, 160, 225, 382, and 637 n mi, respectively) indicating that the forecasts had skill relative to that measure.

Average official intensity errors were 3, 6, 7, 10, 9, 8, and 5 kt for the 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96, and 120 h forecasts, respectively. For comparison, the average official intensity errors over the 10-yr period 1993-2002 are 6, 11, 15, 17, 20, 18, and 19 kt, respectively. The average intensity errors for Climatology-Persistence were 3, 5, 9, 12, 20, 22, and 21 kt, respectively.

No watches or warnings were issued for Felicia.

1All forecast verifications in this report include the depression stage of the cyclone. National Hurricane Center verifications presented in these reports prior to 2003 did not include the depression stage.

2Errors given for the 96 and 120 h periods are averages over the two-year period 2001-2002.



Table 1: Best track for Tropical Storm Felicia, 17-23 July 2003.
Date/Time
(UTC)
PositionPressure
(mb)
Wind Speed
(kt)
Stage
Lat.
(°N)
Lon.
(°W)
 17 / 1800 14.0 105.3 1009 25 tropical depression
 18 / 0000 14.3 107.0 1008 30 "
 18 / 0600 14.6 108.7 1005 35 tropical storm
 18 / 1200 14.9 110.1 1000 45 "
 18 / 1800 15.2 111.6 1002 40 "
 19 / 0000 15.3 113.2 1002 40 "
 19 / 0600 15.4 114.7 1002 40 "
 19 / 1200 15.5 116.1 1003 40 "
 19 / 1800 15.5 117.6 1005 35 "
 20 / 0000 15.4 119.2 1006 35 "
 20 / 0600 15.2 120.7 1008 30 tropical depression
 20 / 1200 15.2 121.7 1009 30 "
 20 / 1800 15.2 122.6 1009 30 "
 21 / 0000 15.4 123.6 1009 30 "
 21 / 0600 15.6 124.8 1009 30 "
 21 / 1200 15.8 126.2 1009 30 "
 21 / 1800 15.9 127.7 1009 30 "
 22 / 0000 16.1 129.1 1009 30 "
 22 / 0600 16.4 130.3 1010 25 "
 22 / 1200 16.7 131.4 1010 25 "
 22 / 1800 17.1 132.8 1010 25 "
 23 / 0000 17.5 134.5 1010 25 "
 23 / 0600 17.6 136.1 1010 25 "
 23 / 1200 17.6 137.6 1010 20 remnant low
 23 / 1800 17.7 139.0 1010 20 "
 24 / 0000 17.8 140.5 1010 20 "
 24 / 0600 17.9 142.4 1010 20 "
 24 / 1200 18.0 144.5 1010 20 "
 24 / 1800     dissipated
 18 / 1200 14.9 110.1 1000 45 minimum pressure

Best track positions for Tropical Storm Felicia

Figure 1: Best track positions for Tropical Storm Felicia, 17-23 July 2003.

Selected wind estimates and best track maximum sustained surface wind speed curve for Tropical Storm Felicia

Figure 2: Selected wind estimates and best track maximum sustained surface wind speed curve for Tropical Storm Felicia, 17-23 July 2003.

Selected pressure estimates and best track minimum central pressure curve for Tropical Storm Felicia

Figure 3: Selected pressure estimates and best track minimum central pressure curve for Tropical Storm Felicia, 17-23 July 2003.



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