AXPZ20 KNHC 291452
Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
1452 UTC Wed Mar 29 2017
Tropical Weather Discussion for the eastern Pacific Ocean from
the Equator to 32N, east of 140W. The following information is
based on satellite imagery, weather observations, radar, and
Based on 1200 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
...INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE/MONSOON TROUGH...
A surface trough axis extends from 07N82W to 06N92W to 02N102W.
The intertropical convergence zone axis extends from 02N102W to
02N116W to 02N130W. Scattered moderate convection is within 30 nm
either side of the trough between 82W and 96W. Scattered moderate
and isolated strong convection is from 04N to 06N between 100W
and 102W, from 04N to 06N between 123W and 130W, and also from
02N to 04N between 137W and 139W.
OFFSHORE WATERS WITHIN 250 NM OF MEXICO...
High pressure north of the area extends a ridge southeast to
near the Revillagigedo Islands. The pressure gradient between
the ridge and lower pressure inland over Mexico is supporting
fresh to strong N-NW winds west of Baja California Norte. Long
period NW swell continues to propagate across the offshore waters
west of Baja California building seas to 10-13 ft. The high
pressure will remain nearly stationary over the next 24 to 48
hours, then shift westward Thursday night and Friday. Additional
pulses of NW swell will build combined seas to 11-12 ft across
offshore zones PMZ009 and PMZ011.
A cold front will drop south and extend to near or over the far
northern Gulf of California tomorrow evening and night,
tightening the local pressure gradient. Southwest winds just
ahead of this front in the northern Gulf will increase to fresh
to strong at that time, with fresh to strong northerly winds
behind it by Friday afternoon, then diminishing later Friday as
the pressure gradient weakens.
Light to gentle winds will prevail elsewhere through the rest of
OFFSHORE WATERS WITHIN 250 NM OF CENTRAL AMERICA, COLOMBIA, AND
WITHIN 750 NM OF ECUADOR...
Gap wind events are not expected to be very significant the next
few several across the Central American coastal and offshore
waters. Light to gentle winds and 3-5 ft seas are expected to
prevail over the forecast waters the next several days.
REMAINDER OF THE AREA...
Strong 1030 mb high pressure located north of area near 33N135W
dominates the northern half of the forecast area. The pressure
gradient between the high and lower pressure near the equator is
supporting fresh to strong trades from roughly 12N to 17N west
of 135W. Seas in this area are 8-11 ft, in a mix of long period
NW swell and NE wind waves. The aerial extent of the trades will
diminish through Thursday as the high moves west and weakens
slightly. Marine conditions over the forecast region will change
little during the next few days under the influence of this
Looking ahead, high pressure will strengthen late in the
upcoming weekend with a belt of fresh to strong northeast winds
developing around it across the northwest and north central