AXPZ20 KNHC 262205
Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
2205 UTC Wed Apr 26 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 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
...INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE/MONSOON TROUGH...
A trough axis extends from 07N80W TO 07N89W to 05N95W to 07N101W
where scatterometer winds from this afternoon indicated that the
northern ITCZ forms and continues to 06N112W to 05N122W to
05N131W to 03N140W. A southern hemispheric ITCZ axis extends from
03.4S107.5W to 03.4S120W. Scattered strong convection is noted
within 90 nm north of the axis between 103W and 105W, and within
120 nm south of the axis between 110W and 113W. Scattered
moderate isolated strong convection is within 120 nm south of the
axis between 85W and 90W, and within 180 nm north of the axis
between 126W and 131W. Scattered moderate convection is within
120 nm south of the axis between 80W and 85W, and within 60 nm of
the axis between 134W and 140W.
OFFSHORE WATERS WITHIN 250 NM OF MEXICO...
A tight pressure gradient over the northeast portion of the
area between high pressure ridging that extends southeastward
over the area and the thermal trough across the Gulf of
California is bringing strong to near gale force northwest winds
just north of the discussion waters east of 125W. Seas generated
by these winds are in the range of 9 to 12 ft. The northwest
swell associated with these seas has propagated into the
northeast part of the discussion waters just to the west of
the Baja California Peninsula to near 122W, where 10 to 11 ft
combined seas are observed. Peak seas to 10 ft have reached
southward to near 20N and west to near 125W. The tight pressure
gradient will weaken some early this evening, but tighten again
late tonight into Thursday morning, with northwest winds
increasing to the strong category north of about 28N between
117W and 124W, with generated combined seas of 9 to 12 ft.
These winds will continue through Friday allowing for combined
seas to build some more to around 13 ft north of 29N between 119W
and 121W. Seas to 10 ft will continue to press southward
elsewhere north of 20N between 115W and 129W. The gradient
should begin to relax late on Friday night, with the area of
strong northwest to north winds gradually shifting westward as
high pressure just north of the area moves to the northeast.
Gulf of California: Light and variable winds are occurring
throughout the Gulf, except in the southern sector where the flow
is mainly gentle from the south and southwest in direction. The
flow will become generally moderate to locally fresh from the
southwest and west during Friday across just about the entire
Gulf as the thermal trough becomes more pronounced.
Gulf of Tehuantepec: Gentle to moderate south to southwest flow
will continue through Friday as suggested in the latest
OFFSHORE WATERS WITHIN 250 NM OF CENTRAL AMERICA, COLOMBIA, AND
WITHIN 750 NM OF ECUADOR...
Mostly a gentle onshore breeze is expected during the day
becoming offshore along the coasts at night. Combined seas of 4
to 5 ft in mixed SW and NW swell are forecast during the next
REMAINDER OF THE AREA...
A 1029 mb high pressure system is analyzed at 32N139W, with a
ridge extending southeastward to near 18N117W. The 1029 mb
high center will weaken slightly as it moves north-northeast
through Thursday allowing the present tight gradient over the
northeast portion to slacken some this evening, but then
tighten again late tonight through Thursday. This will
support strong northwest to north winds and seas of 8 to
11 ft over the northeast portion outside the waters within
250 nm of Mexico. These conditions will change little through
Friday. Fresh northeast trades are expected to the south of the
ridge axis to zone of the ITCZ, and will maintain seas of 6 to 8
ft to the west of 121W through Thursday, and from 07N to 21N
west of 136W on Friday. Southern hemispheric cross-equatorial
swell will produce seas in the range of 7 to 9 ft to reach the
equator between 106W and 120W on Fri.