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Hurricane OTIS


Hurricane Otis Discussion Number  26
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       EP152017
800 PM PDT Sun Sep 17 2017

Otis's rapid intensification rate has leveled off over the
past few hours, with the small clear eye not quite as distinct as
earlier.  Still, the cloud pattern of the hurricane remains well
organized.  While the 0000 UTC Dvorak estimates had subjective
values near 90 kt, a 6-hourly data-T average was 105 kt.  As a blend
of these data, the initial wind speed is set to 100 kt.  Otis is
moving over marginal SSTs now, so any further intensification is
expected to be slight.  By tomorrow night, a combination of lower
SSTs, drier air and an increase in southerly shear is forecast to
cause a significant weakening of Otis.  Almost all of the guidance
show rapid weakening by early Tuesday, and this is the solution
provided in the new NHC wind speed prediction.  Global models
suggest Otis will lose organized deep convection within about 3
days, so the cyclone is forecast to degenerate into a remnant low at
that time.

Otis is moving faster to the north, now at 7 kt.  The hurricane
should take a sharp westward turn in about 24 hours as it runs
into a building ridge over the eastern Pacific, then turn
west-southwest or southwest under that ridge.  Very little change
was made to the previous forecast, which lies between the model
consensus and the ECMWF model.


INIT  18/0300Z 18.0N 127.2W  100 KT 115 MPH
 12H  18/1200Z 18.9N 127.4W  100 KT 115 MPH
 24H  19/0000Z 19.4N 127.6W   85 KT 100 MPH
 36H  19/1200Z 19.4N 128.2W   65 KT  75 MPH
 48H  20/0000Z 19.0N 129.0W   45 KT  50 MPH
 72H  21/0000Z 17.6N 131.3W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 96H  22/0000Z 16.1N 134.3W   25 KT  30 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
120H  23/0000Z 14.8N 137.2W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW

Forecaster Blake