Tropical Storm GASTON (Text)

Tropical Storm Gaston Discussion Number  16
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL082022
900 AM GMT Sat Sep 24 2022
Since yesterday, Gaston has been transitioning to an asymmetric 
warm core post-tropical cyclone.  A Friday morning 1227Z METOP-C 
scatterometer data confirmed that the transition had begun by 
depicting growing asymmetry in the wind field with a hundred-mile 
increase in gale-force winds in the northwest quadrant.  Subsequent 
surface winds less than 60 miles from the center were 20 kt or 
less, all characteristics of a post-tropical/extratropical cyclone 
wind profile.  The initial intensity is set at a generous 45 kt and 
is above the various subjective and objective satellite intensity 
As a result of increasing deep-layer shear and decreasing sea
surface temperature beneath the cyclone, Gaston's organized deep
convection has diminished considerably.  Only a few convective 
fragments remain well displaced to the southeast of the surface 
center.  Accordingly, further weakening is expected, and Gaston 
should complete its post-tropical transition later today.  A couple 
of the global models, however, indicate a mid-latitude shortwave 
trough/baroclinic zone interacting with post-tropical Gaston early 
Sunday morning, which could create a flare-up of deep convection, 
but this should be a short-lived event.
Gaston's initial motion is estimated to be west-southwestward, or 
250/8 kt.  Building high pressure over the northeast Atlantic 
should continue to steer the post-tropical cyclone westward through 
Monday morning, and west-southwestward until dissipation occurs 
toward the end of the week.  The official track forecast is a 
little faster than the previous advisory and is nudged to the 
south beyond 48 hours to agree more with the NOAA HFIP HCCA model.
Key Messages:
1. Tropical storm conditions over the western and central Azores 
today should diminish this evening as Gaston moves away from the 
2. Gaston is expected to produce heavy rainfall over the western 
and central Azores through Saturday.  This rainfall may result in 
landslides and areas of flooding.
INIT  24/0900Z 38.6N  30.2W   45 KT  50 MPH
 12H  24/1800Z 38.3N  31.5W   45 KT  50 MPH...POST-TROPICAL
 24H  25/0600Z 38.7N  34.0W   40 KT  45 MPH...POST-TROPICAL
 36H  25/1800Z 38.7N  36.4W   35 KT  40 MPH...POST-TROPICAL
 48H  26/0600Z 38.1N  38.2W   35 KT  40 MPH...POST-TROPICAL
 60H  26/1800Z 37.4N  39.9W   35 KT  40 MPH...POST-TROPICAL
 72H  27/0600Z 36.6N  41.8W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 96H  28/0600Z 33.9N  47.2W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
120H  29/0600Z...DISSIPATED
Forecaster Roberts

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