Tropical Storm TEDDY (Text)

Tropical Storm Teddy Discussion Number  12
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL202020
1100 AM AST Tue Sep 15 2020
Teddy's structure is slowly improving. Visible and IR imagery 
indicate that inner-core convection has increased, despite the 
continued presence of dry slots. The latest Dvorak intensity 
estimates from TAFB and SAB support the initial intensity of 55 kt.
Teddy is still heading west-northwestward for the moment with a 
forward speed estimate of 11 kt. Teddy will likely turn 
northwestward today and continue steadily moving northwestward along 
the southwest periphery of a ridge over the central Atlantic for the 
next several days. In fact, all available guidance indicates that 
once it makes that northwestward turn, Teddy will barely deviate 
from its heading or forward speed for the rest of the week. The 
latest NHC track forecast is virtually identical to the previous 
one. The model spread is smaller than usual and confidence in the 
track forecast is high.

Teddy's low shear and warm SST environment should be conducive for 
further strengthening, and the NHC intensity forecast is largely 
unchanged. Some dry air in the environment could restrict Teddy's 
intensification rate, but is not expected to prevent Teddy from 
becoming a hurricane later today or tonight. Continued strengthening 
is expected thereafter and Teddy is forecast to become a major 
hurricane within the next few days. On the whole, the intensity 
guidance is a little lower at the longer-range times, so the NHC 
forecast at days 4 and 5 is at the very top end of the guidance. I'd 
rather see a more consistent signal from the models before making a 
larger change to the forecast, especially given the impressive 
depiction of Teddy in the global model forecasts at that time.
The 34 kt wind radii were expanded to the northwest of Teddy based 
on data from an 1136 UTC ASCAT-A overpass.  
INIT  15/1500Z 14.0N  47.0W   55 KT  65 MPH
 12H  16/0000Z 14.9N  48.2W   65 KT  75 MPH
 24H  16/1200Z 16.1N  49.5W   75 KT  85 MPH
 36H  17/0000Z 17.4N  50.8W   85 KT 100 MPH
 48H  17/1200Z 18.9N  52.3W   95 KT 110 MPH
 60H  18/0000Z 20.3N  53.6W  100 KT 115 MPH
 72H  18/1200Z 21.5N  55.0W  105 KT 120 MPH
 96H  19/1200Z 24.0N  57.4W  110 KT 125 MPH
120H  20/1200Z 27.1N  60.0W  100 KT 115 MPH
Forecaster Zelinsky

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