Hurricane OPHELIA (Text)


Hurricane Ophelia Discussion Number  24
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL172017
1100 PM AST Sat Oct 14 2017

Ophelia remains an impressive hurricane in infrared satellite
imagery.  The hurricane continues to exhibit a large well-defined
eye within a ring of cold cloud tops.  However, the overall cloud
pattern has started to elongate and there has been a slight erosion
of the area of cloud tops over the west and southwest portions of
the circulation as dry air and a frontal boundary encroaches on the
hurricane.  Satellite intensity estimates from all agencies
continue to support an intensity of 100 kt.  The aforementioned
changes in the cloud pattern and an expansion of the wind field as
noted by an earlier ASCAT overpass suggest that extratropical
transition has begun.  The wind field is expect to significantly
expand over the next 12 to 24 hours, which is likely to lead to a
gradual decrease in the maximum winds.  Ophelia is forecast to
complete extratropical transition within 24 hours, but it is
expected to remain a powerful post-tropical cyclone with
hurricane-force winds as it approaches Ireland on Monday.  The
system is forecast to occlude and interact with land, which
should cause a faster rate of weakening in 48 to 72 hours, with
dissipation expected shortly thereafter.

Ophelia is moving northeastward, or 055/24 kt ahead of a
mid-latitude trough moving over the northeastern Atlantic.  The
hurricane should continue to accelerate northeastward tonight, then
turn north-northeastward with an additional increase in forward
speed by late Sunday and Sunday night.  After the system occludes in
a couple of days, it should begin to slow down. The track guidance
is in good agreement, and the updated NHC track forecast is very
close to the previous advisory.

Although the center of Ophelia is not forecast to reach Ireland or
the UK until Monday, wind and rains will arrive well in advance of
the cyclone center. Residents in those locations should consult
products from their local meteorological service for more
information on local impacts.

Tropical-storm-force winds are possible throughout the Azores
tonight behind a cold front that has moved through the islands in
the wake of Ophelia. Interests in the Azores should refer to
products issued by the Azores Weather Forecast and Watch Center.


1. Ophelia is expected to be a powerful extratropical cyclone with
hurricane force winds Monday while it moves near Ireland and the
United Kingdom.  Direct impacts from wind and heavy rain in portions
of these areas are likely, along with dangerous marine conditions.
For more details on the magnitude, timing, and location of impacts
from post-tropical Ophelia, residents in Ireland should refer to
products issued by Met Eireann, and residents in the United Kingdom
should refer to products issued by the Met Office.


INIT  15/0300Z 37.3N  21.5W  100 KT 115 MPH
 12H  15/1200Z 40.1N  17.7W   90 KT 105 MPH
 24H  16/0000Z 45.7N  13.8W   80 KT  90 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 36H  16/1200Z 51.4N  10.6W   70 KT  80 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 48H  17/0000Z 56.0N   7.0W   55 KT  65 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 72H  18/0000Z 60.0N   2.0W   35 KT  40 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 96H  19/0000Z...DISSIPATED

Forecaster Brown


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