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Tropical Depression Victor Forecast Discussion


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Tropical Depression Victor Discussion Number  17
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL202021
1100 AM AST Sun Oct 03 2021

Despite persistent southwesterly vertical wind shear, Victor has 
managed to maintain an area of deep convection to the northeast of 
its low-level center through the morning hours. The latest objective 
and subjective satellite estimates range from 30-35 kt. However, an 
ASCAT-A pass from 1110 UTC indicates the increasingly elongated 
center of Victor is about 45 n mi south of previous estimates, which 
puts the center farther away from the edge of the convective 
overcast. Although a few 35-kt ASCAT wind vectors are noted, these 
retrievals are collocated with the most intense convection and 
appear artificially high when compared to the surrounding 20 to 
30-kt wind field. Thus, the initial intensity of Victor is held at 
30 kt for this advisory.

The SHIPS guidance indicates 15-20 kt of vertical wind shear will 
persist over Victor today, with even stronger shear expected on 
Monday. Additionally, the dry mid-level environment that Victor is 
embedded within appears unfavorable for sustaining deep convection. 
Therefore, gradual weakening is expected early this week, and Victor 
is forecast to lose its convection and degenerate into a remnant low 
by late Monday. Another plausible scenario is that Victor's 
low-level center continues to lose definition and the system opens 
up into a trough with the next couple of days. Either way, Victor 
does not appear to have much of a future. A subtropical ridge over 
the eastern Atlantic is steering Victor northwestward, or 310/10 kt. 
A northwestward motion is expected to continue through dissipation 
as Victor moves around the southwestern periphery of the subtropical 
ridge. Although the track reasoning has not changed, the official 
NHC forecast track lies to the left of the previous advisory due to 
the center relocation described above.


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT  03/1500Z 16.1N  40.3W   30 KT  35 MPH
 12H  04/0000Z 17.6N  41.9W   30 KT  35 MPH
 24H  04/1200Z 19.5N  43.9W   25 KT  30 MPH
 36H  05/0000Z 21.1N  45.9W   25 KT  30 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 48H  05/1200Z 22.4N  48.0W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 60H  06/0000Z...DISSIPATED

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Forecaster Reinhart



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