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HURRICANE GASTON DISCUSSION NUMBER  24
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL072016
1100 AM AST SUN AUG 28 2016

The eye was fairly distinct a few hours ago, but recently it has
become slightly cloud-filled and the inner-core convection has
become less symmetrical.  The current intensity is set at 90 kt,
in agreement with a Dvorak estimate from TAFB and objective ADT
values from UW-CIMSS.  Assuming the slight degradation of the inner
core structure to be temporary, a little more strengthening is
expected within the next 12 to 24 hours.  Gaston should remain in a
low to moderate vertical wind shear environment for the next
couple of days, which would allow the hurricane to more or less
maintain its intensity through 36-48 hours.  By 72 hours and beyond,
increasing westerly shear should induce weakening.  The official
intensity forecast is close to the multi-model consensus IVCN.

Steering currents are weak, and the initial motion is a
northwestward drift or 320/4 kt.  Gaston's motion is being
partially blocked by a narrow subtropical ridge, and this scenario
should continue for the next day or so.  The hurricane is expected
to gradually work its way through the ridge and, in 24 to 48 hours,
begin to move northeastward and east-northeastward as it enters the
mid-latitude westerlies.  The official forecast is close to a
consensus of the ECMWF and GFS solutions.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT  28/1500Z 30.5N  54.8W   90 KT 105 MPH
 12H  29/0000Z 30.8N  55.3W   95 KT 110 MPH
 24H  29/1200Z 31.2N  55.6W   95 KT 110 MPH
 36H  30/0000Z 31.6N  55.1W   90 KT 105 MPH
 48H  30/1200Z 32.4N  53.7W   90 KT 105 MPH
 72H  31/1200Z 34.3N  49.4W   80 KT  90 MPH
 96H  01/1200Z 36.5N  44.0W   75 KT  85 MPH
120H  02/1200Z 38.5N  36.5W   70 KT  80 MPH

$$
Forecaster Pasch



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