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Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

AXNT20 KNHC 181202

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
742 AM EDT Tue Sep 18 2018

Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

Based on 0600 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through 
1115 UTC.


Tropical Depression Joyce centered near 32.9N 27.6W at 18/0900
UTC or 310 nm S of the Azores moving SSE at 5 kt. Estimated
minimum central pressure is 1008 mb. Maximum sustained wind
speed is 30 kt with gusts to 40 kt. Joyce remains an organized 
low level circulation under strong westerly vertical shear, with 
minimal deep convection. A turn toward the south is forecast
later today, followed by a motion toward the southwest on 
Wednesday and Thursday. Gradual weakening is expected during the 
next couple of days, and Joyce is forecast to become a remnant low
later today or tonight. See the latest NHC forecast/ advisory 
under AWIPS/WMO headers MIATCPAT5/WTNT35 KNHC for more details.


A central Atlantic tropical wave is along 56W from 03N-18N, 
moving west at 20 kt. Model guidance indicates the wave is 
associated with a 700 mb trough. It is near the leading edge of an 
extensive area of dry Saharan air from 12N-25N between 35W-55W. 
Scattered showers are within 90 nm of the wave axis. 


The monsoon trough axis extends from W Africa near 14N17W to 
10N20W. The ITCZ extends from 10N20W to 07N30W to 06N56W.
Scattered moderate to strong convection is from 03N-09N between 
20W-40W, and from 05N-12N between 40W-51W. 



An upper level low is over the western gulf near 26N94W. A 1015 mb  
surface high is over the NW Gulf near 27N94W. Another 1015 mb high
is over the NE Gulf near 28N84W. Light anticyclonic winds prevail
over the two surface highs. 10-15 kt E winds are over the 
remainder of the Gulf. A surface trough south of Cuba, the 
remnants of Isaac, will move west into the SW Gulf on Wednesday.


The remnants of Isaac, located south of Cuba, have weakened to a 
surface trough. Showers associated with the disturbance are 
mainly east of the trough axis, from 16N-21N between 74W-81W.
Environmental conditions are not conducive for re-development to 
occur. Gentle trades are west of the trough axis, while gentle 
to moderate trades are over the rest of the central and eastern 
Caribbean. A tropical wave along 56W is expected to reach the 
area Wednesday, accompanied by fresh trades and building seas. 


Please refer to the Special Features section for details on 
Tropical Depression Joyce. Also refer to the tropical wave 
section for a wave along 56W. 

A broad deep layer trough extends across the central Atlantic 
from a large upper-level low centered near 28N62W. A surface 
trough extends NE from the Turks and Caicos to 31N61W. This system
is producing scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly SE of the
trough axis from 21N-26N between 60W-68W. Broad high pressure is 
centered near 30N45W. The surface trough will likely weaken over 
the next 24-48 hours as the high builds westward.

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