Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion (Text)

AXNT20 KNHC 272356

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
756 PM EDT Sat May 27 2017

Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

Based on 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through 
2345 UTC.


A tropical wave is in the eastern Atlantic with axis extending 
from 08N26W to 01N26W, moving W at 10 kt. TPW imagery shows a 
moderate moist environment in the vicinity of the wave. Isolated
showers are observed between 23W-28W. 

A tropical wave is in the central Atlantic with axis extending 
from 09N43W to 00N43W, moving W at 10-15 kt. TPW imagery shows a 
moderate moist environment, however Saharan dry air are hindering 
convection at the time.

A tropical wave is in the west Atlantic with axis extending from 
14N53W to 05N53W, moving W at 10 kt. Abundant moisture prevails
within this wave as noted in TPW imagery. Isolated showers are
noted within 100 nm on either side of the wave's axis.

A tropical wave is over the east Caribbean with axis extending 
from 19N65W to 10N67W, moving W at 10 kt. Saharan dry air is
present in the wave's environment inhibiting convection.


The Monsoon Trough enters the tropical Atlantic near 11N15W and 
continues to 05N22W. The ITCZ extends from 05N29W to 03N42W, then
resumes W of a tropical wave near 03N45W and continues to 01N50W.
Besides the convection associated with the tropical waves, 
isolated showers are observed within 100 nm on either side of both



A 1020 mb high pressure center is located over NW Gulf near  
28N85W supporting gentle to moderate anticyclonic winds across 
the basin. A thermal trough will develop over the Yucatan 
Peninsula in the evening hours and move west across the SW Gulf 
during the overnight hours. The trough will dissipate by the 
morning. This scenario will repeat through the weekend.


A tropical wave is over the east Caribbean, however it lacks 
convection due dry air. See the Tropical Waves section for details.
The proximity of the Monsoon Trough across the south-central
Caribbean and upper-level divergence supports scattered showers
south of 13N between 77W-83W. A broad area of high pressure
centered over the west Atlantic extends over the remainder of the
basin with little to no precipitation present at this time. This 
lack of convection is also related to Saharan dry air prevailing 
over this area. Scatterometer data depicts gentle to moderate 
trades across the northern portion of the basin while moderate to 
fresh easterly winds prevail south of 18N. Pulsing fresh to strong
winds are expected over the Gulf of Honduras and north of 
Colombia tonight. Saharan dry air will continue to move W across 
the basin as seen in enhanced satellite imagery. 


Saharan dust continue to be reported across the island and is 
observed in satellite enhanced imagery. Water vapor imagery show 
strong subsidence over the island as well, which is hindering 
significant convection at the moment. However, patches of low 
level moisture embedded in the trade wind flow could bring some 
cloudiness and isolated showers. Similar conditions are expected
through the weekend.


Three tropical waves are located over the tropical Atlantic. 
Please refer to the Tropical Waves section for more details. A 
cold front extends across the west Atlantic from 31N63W to 25N78W.
Isolated showers are observed along the front. Surface ridging
prevails across the remainder of the basin anchored by a
stationary 1023 mb high centered near 29N43W. 

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