Tropical Storm FRANKLIN (Text)

Tropical Storm Franklin Discussion Number  19
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL082023
500 AM AST Fri Aug 25 2023
Franklin has generally changed little during the past several hours. 
 The storm remains strongly sheared with the low-level center 
partially exposed near the western edge of the main area of deep 
convection.  Cloud tops are quite cold on the system's east side, 
but the storm continues to lack convective symmetry.  The initial 
intensity remains 50 kt based on the earlier Air Force 
reconnaissance data, which is a little above the current satellite 
intensity estimates.
The storm is moving slowly to the east-northeast at about 5 kt in 
weak steering currents near the base of a broad mid- to upper-level 
trough.  A north to north-northwest motion is expected to commence 
tonight or early Saturday as ridging builds to the east of Franklin 
over the central Atlantic.  This motion should bring the core of the 
system to the west of Bermuda on Monday and Tuesday.  The storm is 
likely to turn northeastward and accelerate by the middle of next 
week when it should move in the faster flow between the ridge and a 
mid- to upper-level trough over eastern Canada and the northeast 
U.S.  In general, the models have shifted westward this cycle, and 
the NHC track forecast has been nudged in that direction.
Continued moderate to strong westerly vertical wind shear should 
limit strengthening during the next 12 to 24 hours.  However, more 
significant strengthening seems likely in a day or two when the 
shear decreases while Franklin remains over warm water and in a 
relatively moist environment.  Franklin is expected to become a 
hurricane over the weekend and should reach a peak intensity near 
major hurricane strength early next week.  The strengthening trend 
should end around day 4, at which time the storm is forecast to 
begin moving over cooler waters and into an environment of stronger 
shear. The intensity models are in fairly good agreement, and this 
forecast is quite similar to the previous one.
INIT  25/0900Z 22.7N  68.0W   50 KT  60 MPH
 12H  25/1800Z 22.8N  67.4W   50 KT  60 MPH
 24H  26/0600Z 23.3N  66.9W   55 KT  65 MPH
 36H  26/1800Z 24.1N  67.0W   60 KT  70 MPH
 48H  27/0600Z 25.3N  67.6W   65 KT  75 MPH
 60H  27/1800Z 26.9N  68.3W   80 KT  90 MPH
 72H  28/0600Z 28.6N  68.8W   90 KT 105 MPH
 96H  29/0600Z 33.0N  68.3W   95 KT 110 MPH
120H  30/0600Z 39.2N  63.9W   85 KT 100 MPH
Forecaster Cangialosi

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