Eastern North Pacific Tropical Weather Discussion (Text)

AXPZ20 KNHC 222201

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
2205 UTC Wed Nov 22 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
meteorological analysis.

Based on 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
2130 UTC.


Gulf of Tehuantepec Gale Warning: Gale force NW to N winds have 
begun to spread southward across the Gulf of Mexico W of 95W 
behind a cold front now pushing into the far SW Bay of Campeche. 
Strong northerly winds will begin sweeping through the Chivelas 
Pass and across the Gulf of Tehuantepec. These winds will quickly
reach 30 to 40 kt by this evening and increase further to 35 to 
45 kt tonight into Thu. Gale force winds will spread farther 
downstream of the coast overnight to about 13N, and seas building
to 16-17 ft, with winds then diminishing slightly into early Thu
afternoon. Minimal gale conditions will then persist through mid
morning on Fri then diminish to 20 kt or less late Sat morning. 
The resultant NE swell will propagate SW, mixing with long-period
cross equatorial swell, with seas 8 ft or higher well downstream
of the Gulf of Tehuantepec along 08N between 94W and 102W on Fri
evening before beginning to subside. Looking ahead, Strong N 
winds are forecast to resume again on Sat evening with Gale 
conditions from sunrise Sun and continuing through sunrise on 


The monsoon trough extends from low pres near 11N76W 1010 MB 
across Panama to 08N85W TO 10N95W, then transitions to ITCZ near 
10N107W and continues through 08N125W to 09N130W to 10N140W.  
Scattered moderate convection was across far eastern portion of
the basin from 07N to the coast of Panama and E of 83W. Scattered
moderate to strong convection was noted within 60 nm of a line 
from 21N135W to 18N136W. 



See Special Features paragraph above for information on the 
developing Gulf of Tehuantepec Gale Warning. 

A NW to SE orientated ridge axis extends from a 1022 MB high near
32N125W through 19N115W, or about 250 nm seaward of the Pacific 
coast of Mexico. This ridge will only be interrupted by a weak 
surface trough extending S from the central Baja Peninsula to 
near 20N112W, and is expected to persist through Fri night 
before filling. Expect seas of 3 to 4 ft seas at 12 seconds W of
Baja through Thu morning, except near 2 ft nearshore, then 
building in new NW swell at 14 to 15 seconds Fri, peaking at 4 to
7 ft across the waters W of Baja Fri night. Seas will then 
gradually subside some Sat into Sun. Long- period NW swell in the
form of 7 to 9 ft seas will reach 30N120W on Sun night, and 
spread S across the waters W of Baja with 8 to 13 ft seas at 17 
to 19 seconds forecast W of Baja late Mon night.

Gulf of California: Moderate to fresh NW flow prevails across 
across all but southern portions of the gulf this morning as 
high pressure is building across N Mexico behind a cold front. 
Winds will diminish slightly this evening through Thu night as 
the ridge shifts SE. The pressure gradient will then relax 
further, with light and variable winds on Fri through Mon. 
Strong to near gale NW flow expected N of 30N late Mon night, 
with gale conditions possible on Tue afternoon with seas building
to 10-11 ft across the long fetch waters. 


Gulf of Fonseca...Fresh NW winds forecast to begin around 
sunrise on Mon.  

Gulf of Papagayo: Fresh to locally strong NE nocturnal drainage 
flow forecast to begin on Thu night into early Fri afternoon, and
then resume on Fri night and continue through Tue with strong 
winds are expected to reach as far SW as 09N91W.

Light and variable winds, and 3 to 5 ft seas, are expected 
elsewhere through Sun to the N of the monsoon trough which has 
been meandering between 09N and 11N, while moderate southerly 
winds, and 3 to 6 ft seas, are forecast S of the monsoon trough.


A NE to SW aligned ridge will meander from 32N125W to 25N134W 
for the next several days. SW winds currently across the waters 
N of 30N W of 135W have moderated in the presence of a surface
trough extending from 30N134W to 21N140W. A cold front has
entered the far NW portion of the area. This front is expected to 
move to near 30N137W to 27N140W and stall through Fri as
elongated low pressure develops along the front. 

The front will usher in long period NW swell into the far NW
corner of the area tonight and Thu with seas building to 9 to 15
FT at 14 to 16 seconds late tonight. This NW swell, in the form
of 8 to 11 ft seas at 12 to 17 seconds, will propagate across 
the waters W of a line from 32N122W to 14N140W on Thu night 
before beginning to subside. 

Another cold front will move E in to the area reaching from 
32N133W to 25N140W early Sat with 8 to 11 ft seas at 12 to 17 
seconds in the wake of the front. 


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