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Tropical Storm OSCAR


Tropical Storm Oscar Discussion Number   6
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL162018
500 AM AST Sun Oct 28 2018

Deep convection near the center of Oscar has diminished somewhat
over the past several hours.  However, there are tightly curved
cloud bands very near the center indicating a well-organized
cyclone.  Given that the central convection has not increased, the
current intensity estimate is held at 55 kt which is a little above
the latest subjective and objective Dvorak estimates but close to
the value indicated by the previous scatterometer data.  Oscar
should remain in a moderate vertical shear environment, and over
26-27 deg C SSTs, for the next couple of days which would allow for
some strengthening.  The official forecast is close to the latest
intensity model consensus and calls for the system to become a
hurricane soon.  Near or just beyond 96 hours, the shear is forecast
to increase substantially and Oscar should begin to make the
transition to an extratropical cyclone.

The storm has been moving southwestward, or 235/13 kt, on the
southeastern side of a northeast to southwest-oriented mid-level
ridge.  The ridge is likely to build to the north of Oscar within
12 to 24 hours, resulting in a turn toward the west.  The cyclone
should then turn toward the northwest and north as the ridge shifts
eastward and a trough moves off the eastern U.S. coast.  In the
latter half of the forecast period, the system should accelerate
north-northeastward to northeastward in the flow ahead of the
trough.  The official track forecast is close to the latest
dynamical model consensus, and similar to the previous NHC track.


INIT  28/0900Z 25.0N  52.6W   55 KT  65 MPH
 12H  28/1800Z 25.0N  54.5W   65 KT  75 MPH
 24H  29/0600Z 25.5N  56.7W   70 KT  80 MPH
 36H  29/1800Z 26.4N  58.0W   75 KT  85 MPH
 48H  30/0600Z 27.9N  58.0W   75 KT  85 MPH
 72H  31/0600Z 34.6N  53.6W   75 KT  85 MPH
 96H  01/0600Z 42.5N  44.5W   60 KT  70 MPH
120H  02/0600Z 50.0N  28.5W   55 KT  65 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

Forecaster Pasch