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Hurricane OLIVIA


Hurricane Olivia Discussion Number  17
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       EP172018
800 PM PDT Tue Sep 04 2018

Olivia is displaying a well-defined eye this evening embedded within
a circular central dense overcast.  The rapid intensification seems
to have leveled off, since Dvorak estimates have increased only
slightly, but still support a higher wind speed of 110 kt.

Moderate easterly shear, gradually decreasing sea surface
temperatures, and dry air aloft along the forecast track of Olivia
will likely cause the hurricane to slowly weaken by late Wednesday.
The new intensity forecast is slightly higher than the last one,
near or a bit above the model consensus.  The forecast is on the
higher side of the guidance because I don't feel particularly
confident about this weakening, given the poor performance of the
guidance for this hurricane so far.

Olivia is moving a little south of due west, 265/10.  A
building subtropical ridge over the eastern Pacific is forecast
to cause the hurricane to move westward and west-northwestward
with increasing forward speed during the next several days.
Near the end of the forecast, model guidance is showing a stronger
ridge, and a westward turn is possible.  The guidance envelope has
shifted southward on this cycle, and the official NHC prediction is
adjusted in that direction.


INIT  05/0300Z 16.7N 120.1W  110 KT 125 MPH
 12H  05/1200Z 16.9N 121.7W  110 KT 125 MPH
 24H  06/0000Z 17.5N 124.2W  105 KT 120 MPH
 36H  06/1200Z 18.2N 126.8W  100 KT 115 MPH
 48H  07/0000Z 19.1N 129.7W   90 KT 105 MPH
 72H  08/0000Z 20.9N 135.2W   75 KT  85 MPH
 96H  09/0000Z 22.0N 140.5W   65 KT  75 MPH
120H  10/0000Z 22.5N 145.5W   60 KT  70 MPH

Forecaster Blake