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Hurricane KAY

Hurricane Kay Discussion Number  18
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       EP122022
300 PM MDT Thu Sep 08 2022
Satellite imagery and reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane
Hunter aircraft show that Kay continues to weaken.  The aircraft
did not find winds supporting hurricane intensity in the part of
the storm it sampled, and it reported that the central pressure has
risen to 982 mb.  However, the plane was not able to sample the area
of convection just northeast of the center where the strongest
winds were likely occurring.  The initial intensity is reduced to 65
kt on the premise that those winds still exist in the northeastern
quadrant.  However, this could be generous.
The core of Kay will be crossing portions of Baja California near
Punta Eugenia during the next few hours, and then move back over
the cold water of the Pacific.  This combination should cause
additional weakening.  Kay is expected to weaken to a tropical
storm during the next few hours, and the cyclone is forecast to
lose its convection in about 48-60 h at roughly the same time the
winds drop below 35 kt.  After that, the cyclone should quickly
decay to a remnant area of low pressure.
Kay continues to move north-northwestward or 335/12 kt. There is 
again no change to the previous track forecast philosophy.  A 
mid-level ridge to the east of Kay should steer it on a 
north-northwestward heading during the next 24 to 36 hours.  After 
that time, a weaker and more vertically shallow Kay is expected to 
turn more westward, and eventually southward to the southeast of a 
low-level ridge over the eastern Pacific.  The new track forecast 
again has only minor adjustments from the previous forecast.
Recent scatterometer and dropsonde data indicate that Kay remains a
very large tropical cyclone, with a large area of tropical-storm-
force winds over the Gulf of California. It is also producing an
extensive area of high seas, with swells affecting portions of
southwestern Mexico, the Gulf of California, and the Baja California
peninsula.  Although Kay is forecast to weaken, high wind, surf, and
rainfall impacts will continue to extend far from the center so
users should not focus on the exact forecast track.
1. Heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding, including 
landslides, across the Baja California peninsula and portions of 
mainland northwestern Mexico through Saturday morning.  Flash, 
urban, and small stream flooding is likely across Southern 
California beginning Friday, especially in and near the peninsular 
ranges. Flash, urban, and small stream flooding is possible 
beginning Friday in Southwest Arizona.
2. Hurricane conditions are occuring over portion of the central
Baja California Peninsula and should continue for a few more hours.
3. Tropical storm conditions are occurring over portions of the
Baja California peninsula, and these conditions are expected to 
spread northward during the next day or so, where a Tropical Storm 
Warning is in effect.
4. Strong winds not directly associated with Kay's core wind field
are expected across portions of southern California and extreme
southwestern Arizona beginning on Friday. For information on this
wind hazard, users should see High Wind Warnings and other products
from their local NWS Weather Forecast Office.
INIT  08/2100Z 27.1N 114.3W   65 KT  75 MPH...ON COAST
 12H  09/0600Z 28.7N 115.4W   55 KT  65 MPH
 24H  09/1800Z 30.4N 116.9W   45 KT  50 MPH
 36H  10/0600Z 31.3N 118.4W   40 KT  45 MPH
 48H  10/1800Z 31.7N 119.6W   35 KT  40 MPH
 60H  11/0600Z 31.7N 120.5W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 72H  11/1800Z 31.0N 121.5W   25 KT  30 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 96H  12/1800Z 29.5N 121.0W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
120H  13/1800Z 28.5N 120.0W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
Forecaster Beven