Tropics Watch Potential

For the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

Posted 0 minutes ago by NHC Forecaster Forecaster Beven

Tropics Watch Satellite

Tropical Waves

A tropical wave is along 24W S of 18N, moving west at 15 kt. Convection is limited near the wave axis.

A second tropical wave is along 45W from 16N southward, moving W at 10-15 kt. Scattered showers are noted where the wave meets the ITCZ, particularly from 08N-11N.

A third tropical wave is along 60W S of 15N, moving W at 15 kt. Currently, the wave appears to enhance convection over northern Guyana and eastern Venezuela. Moisture associated with this wave is forecast to affect the Windward Islands tonight into Sun.

Monsoon Trough/ITCZ

The monsoon trough passes through the west coast of Africa near 18N16W to 18N20W, where there is a break in the monsoon trough. The monsoon trough resumes at 09N20W to 11N38W. The ITCZ is from 09N47W to 08N58W. Scattered moderate convection is from 07N-09N between 33W-36W. Scattered moderate convection is within 90 nm either side of the ITCZ.

Gulf Of Mexico

High pressure of 1016 mb is centered near 26N93W while a trough extends from near Veracruz, Mexico to 25N90W. A diffluent pattern aloft is helping to induce some convective activity over the NE Gulf and near the trough axis. Convection has flare-up over the Yucatan Peninsula. The most recent scatterometer data show mainly light to gentle winds across the Gulf waters with the exception of moderate southerly winds over the western Gulf mainly N of 23N W of 95W.

Looking ahead, a strong cold front for this time of the year is expected to move into the NW Gulf late Mon afternoon followed by strong northerly winds and building seas. Winds are forecast to reach gale force over the west-central Gulf by Tue morning, and near Veracruz Tue afternoon and evening. Winds may reach near storm force over the SW Gulf on Tue, with seas building to 16-18 ft. High pressure behind the front will slide eastward across the northern Gulf through Thu night.

Caribbean Sea

A tropical wave is moving across the Windward islands. Please, see Tropical Waves section for more details.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are noted this afternoon over the Greater Antilles likely due to daytime heating and sea breeze boundaries. Upper diffluence is also helping to induce convection over the islands and northern Central America. The most recent satellite- derived wind data indicated fresh trades over the south-central Caribbean, with moderate trades elsewhere.

Moderate to fresh trade winds are expected in the central Caribbean through early Sun, becoming fresh to strong by Wed. Moderate winds are expected elsewhere across the region.

Atlantic Ocean

Three tropical waves are between the W coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles. Please, see Tropical Waves section for more details.

Over the western Atlantic, and area of showers and thunderstorms is seen ahead of a surface through extending from 31N77W to 26N80W. TPW imagery shows abundant moisture W of 73W, including the NW Bahamas. Upper-level diffluence supports this convective activity.

A 1015 mb surface low is analyzed near 25N67W with a trough extending from 28N67W to 21N66W. A well defined swirl of low clouds is associated with the low. The low shows up well in the latest ASCAT data. Strong E winds are north of the low from 27N- 29N between 63.5W-66W.

A large upper-level low centered near 26N35W is part of a Tropical Upper-Tropospheric Trough (TUTT) with axis from 31N32W to 26N35W to 17N43W to near Trinidad and Tobago Islands. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are noted S of 22N between 55W-60W.

High pressure of 1030 mb located just NE of the Azores combined with lower pressures over W Africa is resulting in strong N-NE winds near the Canary Islands and off the coasts of Morocco and Western Sahara.

For the forecast, moderate to fresh winds are expected northeast of the Bahamas the remainder of the weekend as a surface trough moves across the western Atlantic. A cold front will move over the northwest part of the area Wed, then begin to weaken as it reaches from near 31N75W to South Florida Wed night and from 31N73W to near western Cuba by late Thu. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected ahead of the front.

Posted 23 hours ago by NHC Forecaster Gr

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