Hurricane Nigel Forecast Discussion Number 25

By | September 21, 2023

WTNT45 KNHC 211436

Hurricane Nigel Discussion Number  25
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL152023
1100 AM AST Thu Sep 21 2023

Nigel is still maintaining some deep convection, with cloud tops 
in bands to near -70 deg C.  However, increasing southwesterly 
vertical wind shear is beginning to cause an elongation of the cloud 
pattern toward the northeast.  Subjective Dvorak satellite 
classifications from TAFB and SAB continue to give Current 
Intensity numbers corresponding to 77 kt, and objective ADT 
estimates from UW-CIMSS are a little lower than that value.  The 
advisory intensity is held at 75 kt.

The current motion is quickly northeastward, or about 050/26 kt.  
Nigel is embedded in the flow on the southeastern side of a strong 
deep-layer mid-latitude trough.  This steering pattern should 
continue to carry the cyclone rapidly toward the northeast through 
tonight.  On Friday, Nigel should rotate around the eastern side of 
a large extratropical cyclone over the North Atlantic.

Vertical wind shear over Nigel should become very high within the 
next 24 hours, and the cyclone will be moving over significantly 
cooler waters later today.  Therefore weakening should occur, and 
global model guidance indicates that the system will become 
embedded in a frontal zone by early Friday.  In 2 to 3 days, Nigel 
is expected to merge with the large cyclone over the North 
Atlantic, and dissipate.


INIT  21/1500Z 42.2N  45.0W   75 KT  85 MPH
 12H  22/0000Z 44.2N  38.8W   65 KT  75 MPH
 24H  22/1200Z 47.3N  30.8W   55 KT  65 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 36H  23/0000Z 51.0N  24.6W   50 KT  60 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 48H  23/1200Z 55.2N  22.9W   50 KT  60 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 60H  24/0000Z 57.4N  24.4W   45 KT  50 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 72H  24/1200Z...DISSIPATED

Forecaster Pasch

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