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Hurricane CLAUDETTE


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TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE DISCUSSION NUMBER  29
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
4 PM CDT TUE JUL 15 2003

CLAUDETTE HAS BEEN WEAKENING SINCE LANDFALL.  THE EYE HAS FILLED IN
ON SATELLITE...AND TO SOME EXTENT ON RADAR.  DOPPLER WINDS ON THE
WSR-88D IN HOUSTON AND CORPUS CHRISTI HAVE ALSO DECREASED SOMEWHAT. 
THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS SET TO 60 KT BASED ON WINDS OF 75-80 KT
ALOFT SEEN IN WSR-88D DATA IN THE EYEWALL.

CLAUDETTE HAS BEEN MOVING 280-285 AT 12 KT...ALTHOUGH THE LAST
COUPLE OF HOURS THE MOTION HAS BEEN CLOSER TO 270.  A GENERAL
WESTWARD TO WEST-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE UNTIL THE
SYSTEM DISSIPATES IN 24-36 HR.

NOTE: THERE WERE TWO REPORTS OF INTEREST RECEIVED FROM THE AIR FORCE
RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AFTER THE 15Z PACKAGE WAS RELEASED. 
FIRST...THERE WERE WINDS OF 85 KT AT 700 MB NORTHEAST OF THE EYE
JUST BEFORE THE EYE CROSSED THE COAST.  SECOND...AN EYEWALL
DROPSONDE IN THE SAME AREA INDICATED SURFACE WINDS OF AT LEAST 70
KT.  BASED ON THESE...IT APPEARS LIKELY THAT CLAUDETTE MADE
LANDFALL WITH 75 KT SUSTAINED WINDS.
 
FORECASTER BEVEN
 
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
INITIAL      15/2100Z 28.7N  97.5W    60 KT
 12HR VT     16/0600Z 28.9N  99.5W    35 KT...INLAND
 24HR VT     16/1800Z 29.6N 102.0W    25 KT...INLAND
 36HR VT     17/0600Z 30.3N 104.7W    20 KT...INLAND DISSIPATING
 48HR VT     17/1800Z...DISSIPATED
 
 
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