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Tropical Storm FAY


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TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM
TROPICAL STORM FAY DISCUSSION NUMBER  14
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   AL062008
1100 PM EDT MON AUG 18 2008
 
FAY'S ORGANIZATION HAS WAXED AND WANED THIS EVENING.  THE STORM
BECAME QUITE DISORGANIZED IN APPEARANCE ON WSR-88D RADAR
OBSERVATIONS FROM KEY WEST AND MIAMI EARLIER THIS EVENING...AND THEN
SHOWED INCREASED SPIRAL BANDING BUT NO CLOSED EYEWALL STRUCTURE.  
AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER OBSERVATIONS SHOWED A FALL IN CENTRAL
PRESSURE BUT NO INCREASE IN FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS YET.  THE TROPICAL
CYCLONE IS EMBEDDED IN A DIFFLUENT UPPER-LEVEL FLOW ENVIRONMENT ON
THE EAST SIDE OF A SHORT WAVE TROUGH OR CYCLONIC SHEAR AXIS AND
THIS ENVIRONMENT IS ALSO IMPARTING MODEST SOUTHWESTERLY SHEAR OVER
FAY.  NONETHELESS...THERE IS STILL A CHANCE FOR FAY TO STRENGTHEN
INTO A HURRICANE PRIOR TO CROSSING THE COAST TUESDAY MORNING.  OUR
FORECAST FOR FAY'S WEAKENING OVER THE PENINSULA MORE OR LESS
FOLLOWS THE DECAY SHIPS MODEL. 

AIRCRAFT AND RADAR FIXES YIELD AN INITIAL MOTION NEAR 360/8.  FAY IS
MOVING BETWEEN A MID-LEVEL ANTICYCLONE TO ITS EAST AND A MID- TO
UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH TO ITS WEST AND NORTHWEST.  SOME OF THE
DYNAMICAL TRACK GUIDANCE...SUCH AS THE GFDL...HWRF...AND U.K. MET
OFFICE MODELS...HAVE SHIFTED A LITTLE TO THE EAST FOR FAY'S TREK
ACROSS THE FLORIDA PENINSULA...SO THE OFFICIAL FORECAST WAS ALSO
ADJUSTED SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT.  AFTER 1-2 DAYS...GLOBAL MODELS
INDICATE THAT THE STEERING PATTERN WILL BREAK DOWN AS A
MID-TROPOSPHERIC RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE EASTERN U.S. AND BLOCKS THE
FORWARD PROGRESS OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE.  THERE IS GREAT DIVERSITY
IN THE OBJECTIVE TRACK FORECASTS FOR THE LATTER HALF OF THE
PERIOD...AND THEREFORE LARGER THAN USUAL UNCERTAINTY AS TO WHERE
FAY WILL EVENTUALLY GO.  THE OFFICIAL TRACK FORECAST IS ROUGHLY IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHLY SPREAD MODEL TRACKS.  THE FORECAST OF
FAY'S INTENSITY IN THE 72-120 HOUR TIME FRAME IS OF COURSE HIGHLY
DEPENDENT ON HOW MUCH THE SYSTEM MOVES OVER WATER.  SHOULD FAY
REMAIN VERY NEAR OR OVER LAND...IT WOULD PROBABLY WEAKEN TO
DISSIPATION SOONER THAN SHOWN HERE.
 
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
INITIAL      19/0300Z 25.3N  81.9W    50 KT
 12HR VT     19/1200Z 26.6N  81.7W    55 KT...INLAND
 24HR VT     20/0000Z 28.1N  81.3W    40 KT...INLAND
 36HR VT     20/1200Z 29.2N  81.0W    30 KT...INLAND
 48HR VT     21/0000Z 30.3N  81.0W    40 KT
 72HR VT     22/0000Z 31.0N  81.5W    45 KT...INLAND
 96HR VT     23/0000Z 32.0N  82.5W    30 KT...INLAND
120HR VT     24/0000Z 32.0N  84.0W    20 KT...REMNANT LOW
 
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FORECASTER PASCH/PASCH
 
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