Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion (Text)

AXNT20 KNHC 210005

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
705 PM EST Tue Feb 20 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 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through 
2300 UTC. 


Caribbean Sea Gale Warning: A tight surface pressure gradient 
continues to exist, between comparatively higher surface pressures
in the western Atlantic Ocean, and lower surface pressures in  
northern sections of South America. This pattern is supporting 
winds reaching gale-force strength from 11N to 13N between 73W and
77W, for this week. Wave heights within the area of gale-force 
winds will range from 10 feet to 15 feet. Please read the latest 
NHC High Seas Forecast under AWIPS/WMO headers MIAHSFAT2/FZNT02 
KNHC for more details.


The monsoon trough axis extends from the coast of Africa near 
07N11W southwestward to 00N24W. The ITCZ crosses the equator near
24W and remains south of the discussion area to the coast of 
Brazil. isolated moderate to locally strong rainshowers are from 
08N southward between 40W and 53W.



Upper level SW wind flow is moving from southern Mexico, across
Texas and Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico that is from 93W
westward. Broad upper level anticyclonic wind flow spans the rest
of the area. 

A surface ridge extends from the NE corner of the Gulf of Mexico,
southwestward, to the coast of Mexico near 21N97W. across the 
entire basin from the Atlantic.

Surface high pressure will prevail across the forecast waters. 
Fresh return flow will prevail across most of the basin, except 
to strong winds through the Straits of Florida and across central 
sections of the Gulf. 


Please read the SPECIAL FEATURES section for details about the 
Gale Warning for the waters that are near the coast of Colombia.

Rainshowers are possible, in areas of broken-to-overcast low 
level clouds, across the entire area. Isolated moderate
rainshowers have been evident in the SE part of the Yucatan
Peninsula of Mexico during the last few hours.

Surface high pressure across the NW Atlantic Ocean will build S 
across the region through Wednesday, and then settle across the 
Bermuda area through the end of the week. Fresh to strong 
trade winds will prevail across the Caribbean Sea and the Tropical
N Atlantic waters through Thursday, with nocturnal winds pulsing 
to gale-force off the coast of Colombia. High pressure will 
weaken by Saturday, with the winds and seas diminishing. 


A cold front passes through 31N33W, to 24N40W and 21N53W. A
dissipating cold front continues from 21N53W to 22N61W. Broken to
overcast low level clouds and possible rainshowers are to the NW
and N of the line that passes through 32N29W 23N40W 19N56W 19N70W.

High pressure will prevail across the forecast waters. 
Gentle to moderate winds will prevail N of 25N with fresh to 
strong winds S of 25N through Thursday. NNE swell will move 
through waters E of 65W from Wednesday through Saturday. 

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