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Tropical Storm FRED


ZCZC MIATCDAT2 ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM
TROPICAL STORM FRED DISCUSSION NUMBER  20
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   AL072009
1100 AM AST SAT SEP 12 2009
 
SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATES THAT FRED IS NOW A TIGHT SWIRL OF
LOW-LEVEL CLOUDS...DEVOID OF DEEP CONVECTION. AN EARLIER QUIKSCAT
PASS DID SHOW SEVERAL REALISTIC 35-40 KT WINDS...MOSTLY IN THE
NORTHERN SEMICIRCLE. DVORAK T-NUMBERS HAVE DROPPED TO 1.5 AND 2.0
FROM SAB AND TAFB...RESPECTIVELY. ASSUMING THAT THERE HAS BEEN SOME
ADDITIONAL WEAKENING...THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS LOWERED TO 35 KT.
FURTHER WEAKENING IS FORECAST...AS FRED IS EXPECTED TO ENCOUNTER A
RATHER HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT OF SOUTH-SOUTHWESTERLY SHEAR...MARGINAL
WATER TEMPERATURES...AND DRY MID-LEVEL AIR. IN ALL LIKELIHOOD...
FRED WILL BECOME A REMNANT LOW LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT. GLOBAL
MODELS CONTINUE TO INDICATE SOME CHANCE...ALBEIT REMOTE...OF
REGENERATION TOWARD THE END OF THE FORECAST PERIOD. HOWEVER...THEIR
REPRESENTATION OF FRED SEEMS TOO STRONG GIVEN ITS CURRENT
APPEARANCE...AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME
EVEN MORE ADVERSE THAN THEY ARE NOW OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. THE
OFFICIAL FORECAST ASSUMES THAT THE REMNANT CIRCULATION OF FRED WILL
DISSIPATE IN A FEW DAYS.
 
FRED HAS BEEN MOVING LITTLE DURING THE PAST FEW HOURS.  HOWEVER...
RECENT SATELLITE FIXES DO YIELD AN INITIAL MOTION OF 180/03.  SINCE
FRED HAS NOW BECOME A SHALLOW SYSTEM...THE EXPECTATION IS THAT IT
WILL MOVE VERY LITTLE DURING THE NEXT 12-24 HOURS WITHIN A RATHER
WEAK LOW-LEVEL FLOW.  THEREAFTER...THE REMNANTS OF FRED SHOULD TURN
TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR EVEN WEST-NORTHWEST...SOUTH OF A BUILDING
LOW-LEVEL RIDGE...WITH SOME INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED. THE OFFICIAL
FORECAST IS SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS PACKAGE BUT SLIGHTLY SLOWER IN
THE SHORT-TERM.
 
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
INITIAL      12/1500Z 17.5N  33.7W    35 KT
 12HR VT     13/0000Z 17.7N  33.7W    25 KT
 24HR VT     13/1200Z 18.4N  34.4W    20 KT...REMNANT LOW
 36HR VT     14/0000Z 19.3N  36.4W    20 KT...REMNANT LOW
 48HR VT     14/1200Z 20.5N  38.6W    20 KT...REMNANT LOW
 72HR VT     15/1200Z 22.5N  44.0W    20 KT...REMNANT LOW
 96HR VT     16/1200Z...DISSIPATED
 
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FORECASTER KIMBERLAIN
 
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