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Hurricane JULIO


200 PM PDT THU AUG 07 2014

Julio has changed little in organization during the past several
hours.  The eye has become a little better defined in visible
imagery.  However, the temperature and symmetry of the eyewall
cloud tops are about the same as they were 6 hours ago.  Satellite
intensity estimates remain 90 kt from TAFB and 77 kt from SAB.  In
addition, UW-CIMSS ADT/SATCON estimates are near 100 kt, and there
was a recent AMSU intensity estimate of 98 kt.  The initial
intensity remains at a possibly conservative 90 kt.  The cirrus
outflow is good to excellent over the western semicircle and poor

The initial motion is now 280/15.  Julio is expected to remain south
of the subtropical ridge for the next few days, which will keep it
on a westward to west-northwestward path.  During the first 72
hours, the track guidance remains tightly clustered near the new
forecast track with the notable exception of the outlier GFDL model,
which still forecasts a track near the Hawaiian Islands.  After 72
hours, the guidance has come into better agreement that the
subtropical ridge north of Hawaii will be stronger than earlier
forecast, and that Julio should turn more westward.  However, there
is still some spread in the guidance, with the UKMET forecasting a
continued west-northwestward motion and the ECMWF forecasting a turn
toward the west-southwest.  The multi-model consensus lies near the
previous forecast track, so the new track is just an update of the
previous advisory.  The NOAA G-IV jet is currently flying a synoptic
surveillance mission for Julio.

The dynamical models forecast Julio to remain in a light vertical
wind shear environment during the next 2-3 days as the cyclone
passes over sea surface temperatures of 25C-26C.  The intensity
guidance is in excellent agreement in showing a gradual weakening
during that time, and the intensity forecast follows this scenario.
The agreement breaks down after 72 hours as Julio starts moving over
warmer sea surface temperatures.  During that period, the SHIPS/LGEM
models forecast Julio to be a moderate strength tropical storm,
while the GFDL/HWRF models forecast it to be a hurricane.  In
addition, the large-scale models have some disagreement on how
much shear Julio will encounter.  The later part of the forecast is
still a compromise between the two model camps, and the new forecast
lies close to the intensity consensus.  It is possible that Julio
could get a little stronger than forecast during the next 6-12


INIT  07/2100Z 17.1N 137.7W   90 KT 105 MPH
 12H  08/0600Z 17.5N 140.0W   90 KT 105 MPH
 24H  08/1800Z 18.1N 143.0W   85 KT 100 MPH
 36H  09/0600Z 18.8N 146.0W   75 KT  85 MPH
 48H  09/1800Z 19.8N 148.9W   65 KT  75 MPH
 72H  10/1800Z 22.0N 154.0W   60 KT  70 MPH
 96H  11/1800Z 24.0N 159.0W   55 KT  65 MPH
120H  12/1800Z 24.5N 163.0W   55 KT  65 MPH

Forecaster Beven


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