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Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion



000
AXNT20 KNHC 230523
TWDAT 

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 
205 AM EDT SAT AUG 23 2014

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 0000 UTC SURFACE ANALYSIS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY THROUGH 
0515 UTC.

...SPECIAL FEATURES...      

A 1008 MB LOW IS LOCATED 30 NM MILES N OF THE COAST OF 
HISPANIOLA NEAR 20N69W...MOVING WNW AT 15-20 KT. A SURFACE 
TROUGH EXTENDS N FROM THE LOW CENTER TO 25N68W. SCATTERED 
MODERATE TO STRONG CONVECTION IS LOCATED OVER HISPANIOLA FROM 
16N-21N BETWEEN 67W-71W. WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS 
ELSEWHERE FROM 16N-26N BETWEEN 64W-73W. THIS LOW HAS BEEN 
GETTING BETTER ORGANIZED IN THE PAST 12 HOURS. GUSTY WINDS AND 
HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED ACROSS PUERTO RICO...HISPANIOLA...THE 
BAHAMAS...AND THE OPEN WATERS BETWEEN THESE ISLANDS TONIGHT 
THROUGH SATURDAY. HEAVY RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH 
FLOODS AND MUDSLIDES...ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREAS OF 
HISPANIOLA AND PUERTO RICO. GRADUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOW IS 
EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS AS IT MOVES ALONG OR NORTH OF 
THE GREATER ANTILLES. INTERESTS DOWNSTREAM OF THE LOW SHOULD 
MONITOR CLOSELY THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM. CHANCES FOR 
DEVELOPMENT INTO A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS IS 
HIGH.

...TROPICAL WAVES...                                     

A TROPICAL WAVE IS WEST OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS WITH AXIS 
EXTENDING FROM 25N34W TO 10N34W MOVING W AT 15 KT. NO 
SIGNIFICANT CONVECTION IS OCCURRING AT THIS TIME AS DRY SAHARAN 
AIR AND DUST ARE IN ITS ENVIRONMENT N OF 21N. 

...ITCZ/MONSOON TROUGH...                                     

THE MONSOON TROUGH EXTENDS FROM THE AFRICAN COAST NEAR 14N17W 
AND CONTINUES TO 12N20W TO 9N40W. AN ITCZ EXTENDS FROM 9N40W TO 
8N50W. SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS FROM 8N-12N BETWEEN 24W-
27W. WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS FROM 6N-10N BETWEEN 
30W-52W. 

...DISCUSSION... 

GULF OF MEXICO...                                               

A 1018 MB HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM IS CENTERED ON THE N GULF NEAR 
29N91W. SURFACE OBS AND SCATTEROMETER WINDS SHOW ANTICYCLONIC 
WINDS MAINLY BETWEEN 5-10 KT EVIDENT ACROSS THE NORTHERN GULF N 
OF 24N. 10-15 KT EASTERLY WINDS ARE S OF 24N. ISOLATED MODERATE 
CONVECTION REMAINS W OF FLORIDA FROM 26N-28N BETWEEN 83W-84W. 
SIMILAR CONVECTION IS IS OVER THE SW GULF FROM S OF 26N BETWEEN 
90W-97W. IN THE UPPER LEVELS...THE BASE OF A LARGE UPPER LEVEL 
TROUGH IS OVER THE GULF. UPPER LEVEL DIFFLUENCE IS OVER THE SW 
GULF ENHANCING CONVECTION.  EXPECT SCATTERED SHOWERS AND 
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF OF THE BASIN OVER THE NEXT 
24 HOURS. 

CARIBBEAN SEA...                                                

A 1008 MB LOW IS CENTERED OFF THE NE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN 
REPUBLIC PRODUCING A LARGE AMOUNT OF CONVECTION AND GUSTY WINDS. 
SEE THE SPECIAL FEATURE SECTION ABOVE. OUTSIDE OF THE IMMEDIATE 
CENTER OF THE LOW...10-15 KT CYCLONIC WINDS ARE OVER THE 
CARIBBEAN SEA. WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS INLAND 
OVER THE YUCATAN PENINSULA FROM 17N-20N BETWEEN 89W-92W. 
CLUSTERS OF SCATTERED MODERATE TO ISOLATED STRONG CONVECTION IS 
OVER N COLOMBIA...PANAMA...COSTA RICA...AND THE SW CARIBBEAN SEA 
S OF 12N BETWEEN 73W-85W MAINLY DUE TO A MONSOON TROUGH. IN THE 
UPPER LEVELS... AN UPPER LEVEL LOW IS CENTERED OVER NICARAGUA 
NEAR 13N86W. UPPER LEVEL DIFFLUENCE NE OF THE CENTER IS 
PRODUCING ISOLATED MODERATE CONVECTION S OF CUBA FROM 20N-22N 
BETWEEN 80W-83W. AN UPPER LEVEL HIGH IS CENTERED N OF THE 
LEEWARD ISLANDS NEAR 22N63W. UPPER LEVEL DIFFLUENCE W OF THE 
CENTER IS ENHANCING CONVECTION OVER HISPANIOLA. EXPECT THE 
SPECIAL FEATURE LOW TO MOVE TO THE SOUTHERN BAHAMAS OVER THE 
NEXT 24 HOURS WITH RESIDUAL CONVECTION OVER THE NORTH CENTRAL 
CARIBBEAN AND LEEWARD ISLANDS.  

HISPANIOLA...                                         

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PRESENTLY HAS THE HEAVIEST CONVECTION 
OVER THE ISLAND. SEE THE SPECIAL FEATURE SECTION ABOVE. EXPECT 
THE AREA OF HEAVY CONVECTION TO MOVE W TO INCLUDE HAITI OVER THE 
NEXT 24 HOURS. LOCALIZED FLOODING WITH MUDSLIDES AND GUSTY WINDS 
ARE EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND.       

ATLANTIC OCEAN...

THERE IS A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF CONVECTION N OF HISPANIOLA... 
SEE SPECIAL FEATURES SECTION ABOVE. SURFACE HIGH PREVAILS ACROSS 
THE BASIN WITH CENTER NEAR 33N24W WITH RIDGING TO NEAR 30N55W. 
IN THE UPPER LEVELS...AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE IS OVER THE W 
ATLANTIC. AN UPPER LEVEL HIGH IS CENTERED N OF THE LEEWARD 
ISLANDS NEAR 22N63W. UPPER LEVEL DIFFLUENCE W OF THE CENTER IS 
ENHANCING CONVECTION NORTH OF HISPANIOLA. EXPECT THE SPECIAL 
FEATURE LOW TO BE THE DOMINATE FEATURE IN THE ATLANTIC OVER THE 
NEXT 24 HOURS. 

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

$$ 
ERA



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