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Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion



000
AXNT20 KNHC 181047
TWDAT 

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION                                    
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL                         
805 AM EDT SAT APR 18 2015

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 0600 UTC SURFACE ANALYSIS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY THROUGH
1030 UTC.

...ITCZ/MONSOON TROUGH...

THE MONSOON TROUGH EXTENDS FROM THE AFRICAN COAST NEAR 07N12W SW 
TO 04N17W WHERE THE ITCZ BEGINS AND CONTINUES TO 01S30W TO THE 
NORTHERN COAST OF BRAZIL NEAR 01S50W. SCATTERED MODERATE 
CONVECTION IS FROM 04S TO 04N BETWEEN 18W AND 34W.

...DISCUSSION...

GULF OF MEXICO...

A 1014 MB LOW PREVAILS OVER SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA ADJACENT 
WATERS FROM WHICH A COLD FRONT EXTENDS SW TO CAPE CANAVERAL 
WHERE IT TRANSITIONS TO A STATIONARY FRONT NW TO THE FLORIDA 
PANHANDLE...ALONG THE NORTHERN GULF COASTLINE TO A 1008 MB LOW 
OVER NE MEXICO. A SURFACE TROUGH IS AHEAD OF THE FRONT ALONG 
28N92W SW TO 25N95W. ABUNDANT MOISTURE OVER THE WESTERN AND 
NORTHERN GULF EXTENDING INLAND ALONG WITH DIFFLUENT FLOW ALOFT 
SUPPORT HEAVY SHOWERS AND TSTMS W OF A LINE FROM 30N87W TO 
25N94W. FOG IS ALSO BEING REPORTED OVER THE NW GULF N OF 26N W 
OF 90W AND ALSO WITHIN THE VICINITY OF THE FRONT OVER NORTHERN 
FLORIDA AND ADJACENT WATERS. MOSTLY SE TO S WIND FLOW OF 15 KT S 
OF 25N WHILE LIGHTER VARIABLE WINDS DOMINATE ELSEWHERE. LOW 
PRESSURE WILL DOMINATE ACROSS THE GULF TODAY BUT SURFACE RIDGING 
REBUILDS SUNDAY MORNING. SHOWERS ACROSS THE NORTHERN GULF WILL 
CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY. 

CARIBBEAN SEA... 

A BROAD SURFACE RIDGE OVER THE ATLC OCEAN EXTENDS TO THE 
NORTHERN CARIBBEAN WHILE LOWER PRESSURE DOMINATES ELSEWHERE S OF 
12N. A SLIGHTLY TIGHTER PRESSURE GRADIENT IS OVER THE CENTRAL 
CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATED WITH A 1009 MB LOW OVER N COLOMBIA...THUS 
RESULTING IN TRADES OF 20 TO 25 KT S OF 15N BETWEEN 71W AND 
78W...BEING THE STRONGEST WINDS ALONG THE COAST OF COLOMBIA. 
ELSEWHERE TRADES OF 15 KT DOMINATE. MIDDLE TO UPPER LEVEL 
RIDGING IS OVER THE HALF WESTERN BASIN WHILE A TROUGH COVERS THE 
REMAINDER BASIN. DEEP LAYER MOISTURE OVER THE SE CARIBBEAN ALONG 
WITH A DIFFLUENT ENVIRONMENT SUPPORT SCATTERED SHOWERS OVER THE 
WINDWARD ISLANDS AND ADJACENT WATERS. SSMI TPW IMAGERY SHOW 
PATCHES OF SHALLOW MOISTURE MOVING ACROSS THE NW AND NE 
BASIN...THUS SUPPORTING CLOUDINESS AND POSSIBLE SCATTERED TO 
ISOLATED SHOWERS OVER THE VIRGIN ISLANDS...PUERTO RICO...WESTERN 
HISPANIOLA...JAMAICA AND THE WINDWARD PASSAGE. ISOLATED SHOWERS 
ARE ON PANAMA AND COSTA RICA COASTAL WATERS. FAIR WEATHER IS 
ELSEWHERE BEING SUPPORTED BY DRY AIR SUBSIDENCE FROM ALOFT. NOT 
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

...HISPANIOLA...

A MIDDLE TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH EXTENDS FROM THE SW N ATLC S 
ACROSS THE ISLAND TO NORTHERN VENEZUELA. SHALLOW MOISTURE ALONG 
WITH LIFTING PROVIDED BY THE UPPER TROUGH SUPPORT CLOUDINESS 
WITH POSSIBLE SCATTERED TO ISOLATED SHOWERS...MAINLY FOCUSED 
OVER HAITI AND THE WINDWARD PASSAGE. SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO 
CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING WHEN A DRY AIRMASS ENTERS THE 
ISLAND PROVIDING FAIR WEATHER CONDITIONS THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

ATLANTIC OCEAN...

A MIDDLE TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OVER THE NORTH-CENTRAL ATLC 
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM FROM WHICH A 
COLD FRONT EXTENDS SW ENTERING THE AREA OF DISCUSSION FROM 
30N32W SW TO 25N47W WHERE IT TRANSITIONS TO A STATIONARY FRONT 
ALONG 27N55W. FROM THAT POINT A WARM FRONT EXTENDS NW TO 28N60W 
TO 30N66W. ISOLATED SHOWERS ARE WITHIN 50 NM EITHER SIDE OF THE 
FRONTAL BOUNDARY. A 1014 MB LOW OVER GEORGIA ADJACENT WATERS 
EXTENDS A COLD FRONT SW TO CAPE CANAVERAL ENHANCING SCATTERED 
SHOWERS AND TSTMS MAINLY AHEAD OF THE FRONT N OF 26N W OF 72W. 
SURFACE RIDGING AND FAIR WEATHER DOMINATES ELSEWHERE. 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT 
WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/MARINE

$$
NR


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