Tropical Storm Philippe Forecast Discussion Number 39

By | October 3, 2023

WTNT42 KNHC 030245

Tropical Storm Philippe Discussion Number  39
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL172023
1100 PM AST Mon Oct 02 2023

Philippe continues to be under the influence of significant 
westerly to northwesterly vertical wind shear.  The center, which 
is located on the northwestern edge of the main area of deep 
convection, recently passed over Barbuda.  Most of the stronger 
convection is over the southern and southeastern portions of the 
circulation, so the Leeward Islands should continue to experience 
strong winds and heavy rains even when the center of the storm 
begins to move north of those islands.  The current intensity is 
kept at 45 kt based on SFMR-observed surface winds from an Air Force 
Hurricane Hunter aircraft that is still investigating the system.

The cyclone has wobbled west-northwestward this evening and the 
current motion estimate is 300/6 kt.  Over the next few days, 
Philippe should move along the western periphery of a mid-level 
subtropical high pressure area.  Most of the guidance model tracks 
have shifted even farther west, with the exception of the GFS 
deterministic and ensemble mean forecasts, which appear to be 
eastern outliers at this time.   Based the new dynamical model 
consensus, the official forecast track is, again, shifted farther 
west from the previous one.  Later in the forecast period, the 
spread in the guidance models increases.  Notably,the GFS 
prediction shows that a mid-tropospheric trough over the 
northwestern Atlantic fails to capture the cyclone and take it 
northward into Atlantic Canada, but keeps Philippe moving slowly 
over the subtropical Atlantic at 5 days and even beyond.

Little change in intensity is likely for the next couple of days 
while the storm remains in an environment of strong vertical wind 
shear.  In 2 to 3 days, the global models suggest that Philippe 
could encounter a more favorable upper-tropospheric wind 
environment, with more anticyclonic and diffluent upper-level winds 
evolving over the system.  Therefore, some strengthening is 
predicted in the latter half of the forecast period.  The official 
intensity forecast is near the high end of the model guidance, 


1. Tropical storm conditions are expected across Barbuda and
Antigua tonight while Philippe passes just north of the area.  
Interests elsewhere in the northern Leeward Islands should continue 
to monitor this system.

2. Heavy rainfall from Philippe is expected to produce scattered 
flash flooding across portions of the Leeward and northern Windward 
Islands, particularly between Barbuda and Dominica, into early 


INIT  03/0300Z 17.8N  62.1W   45 KT  50 MPH
 12H  03/1200Z 18.4N  62.8W   45 KT  50 MPH
 24H  04/0000Z 19.7N  63.4W   45 KT  50 MPH
 36H  04/1200Z 21.3N  64.0W   45 KT  50 MPH
 48H  05/0000Z 23.0N  64.4W   45 KT  50 MPH
 60H  05/1200Z 24.8N  64.7W   50 KT  60 MPH
 72H  06/0000Z 26.9N  64.3W   55 KT  65 MPH
 96H  07/0000Z 31.6N  62.8W   60 KT  70 MPH
120H  08/0000Z 36.0N  60.0W   60 KT  70 MPH

Forecaster Pasch

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