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Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

AXNT20 KNHC 231723

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
122 PM EDT Sat Jun 23 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 1200 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through 
1715 UTC.


The axis of a tropical wave is near the west coast of Africa along
17W from 03N-15N. The wave shows up well in the TPW product. 
Scattered moderate convection associated to this wave is noted 
from 05N-09N between 14W and 20W.

The axis of a tropical wave extends from 18N41W to 03N42W, moving
W at 20 kt. African dust surrounds the wave. So, only isolated 
moderate convection is noted at the base of this wave.

The axis of a tropical wave is near 58W from 06N to 18N, moving W
at 20 kt. Scattered moderate convection is noted from 08N-10N 
between 55W and 60W. This wave approaching Barbados will move 
across the eastern Caribbean through tonight, then over the 
central and western Caribbean early next week. 

The axis of a tropical wave is near 72W from 10N-20N. This wave, 
in conjunction with an upper level low, currently located over
Hispaniola, is producing a large area of showers and tstms over 
Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and regional waters. Locally heavy rain
is expected. This wave will move across the central Caribbean 
today, and will exit the western Caribbean Sun night. Moisture 
from this wave will reach eastern Cuba and Jamaica this evening 
into tonight, increasing the likelihood of showers with embedded 

The axis of a tropical wave is near 86W, and extends across
central America into the eastern north Pacific region. Scattered
to numerous showers and tstms are observed where the wave meets 
the monsoon trough, more concentrated on the EPAC. This wave will 
move across the remainder of the northwestern Caribbean and 
inland central America this afternoon.


The monsoon trough extends off western Africa near 16N16W to 
10N20W to 06N28W. The ITCZ continues from 06N28W to 05N50W to 
near the coast of Guyana at 07N57W. Outside of the convection 
associated with the tropical waves, a cluster of moderate 
convection is noted from 04N-07N between 21W-25W. Similar 
convective activity is within about 120 nm N of the ITCZ axis
W of 50W.



An upper-level low spinning near the coast of Mexico, roughly
between Tampico and Tuxpan is helping to induce some showers and
tstms across the E Bay of Campeche. The low will drift westward
into Mexico through Sun night, and continue to enhance convection
across this area. SE wind flow will continue to transport 
abundant tropical moisture from the Yucatan Peninsula into the 
western Gulf the remainder of the weekend.

A 1018 mb high pressure is located just off SW Florida near
26N83W. A weak ridge extends from this high toward the coast of 
Texas. The ridge will drift to over the northern gulf early next 
week. Southeast return flow will increase over the western Gulf 
between the ridge and weak low pressure over northern Mexico 
beginning tonight. A trough moving west off the western coast of 
the Yucatan Peninsula each night will further enhance overnight 
winds over much of the southwestern gulf waters.


A tropical wave is over the western Caribbean and Central America.
Another tropical wave is moving across Hispaniola. Please, see 
Tropical Waves section for more details. Expect increasing showers
and isolated thunderstorms in association with the passage of 
these tropical waves.

Recent scatterometer data provide observations of fresh to strong
winds across the south-central Caribbean, with mainly fresh winds
over the remainder of the central Caribbean and the eastern part
of the basin. Gentle to moderate E-SE winds prevail over the NW
Caribbean. The trade winds over the south central Caribbean will 
strengthen and expand in areal coverage across just about the 
entire basin through early next week as high pressure builds 
across the central Atlantic. Winds could reach near gale force 
along the coast of Colombia tonight. Seas are forecast to build to
10-12 ft over the south-central Caribbean with the strongest winds.
Fresh to strong winds are also expected in the Gulf of Honduras 
at night through at least Mon night.


High pressure of 1029 mb centered near 31N47W extends a ridge 
westward across the forecast area. The most recent scatterometer
passes indicate fresh to locally strong trade winds along the 
southern periphery of the ridge, particularly S of 18N W of 43W. 
This high pressure will slowly shift westward through tonight, 
then remain nearly stationary near 30N55W through Tue night. The 
tightening pressure gradient over the central Atlantic will 
continue to support fresh to strong trade winds and seas of 8-9 
ft E of the Lesser Antilles to about 45W through tonight. Then,
the aerial extent of the fresh to strong trades will decrease on 
Sun, covering mainly the waters E of the lesser Antilles to about 
50W. Fresh to strong winds are also expected off Hispaniola at 

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