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 832 
 WTPZ41 KNHC 281436
 TCDEP1
 
 Tropical Storm Emilia Discussion Number   4
 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       EP062018
 900 AM MDT Thu Jun 28 2018
 
 Deep convection continues in the western semicircle of the cyclone,
 although a fair portion of the eastern side of the low-level
 circulation is exposed due to shear.  Satellite classifications are
 essentially the same as 6 hours ago, so the initial wind speed will
 stay 35 kt. Global models are in good agreement that the wind shear
 will decrease over the next 24 hours, which should promote
 strengthening. In a couple of days, Emilia is predicted to move over
 cool SSTs and through a drier environment, causing its inevitable
 weakening to begin.  The official forecast is essentially an update
 of the previous one, showing a gradual increase in strength until
 late Friday, then weakening on Sunday.  Emilia should become a
 remnant low by 96 hours as it moves over SSTs of about 23C.
 
 Emilia has been a challenging storm to track because of limited
 microwave passes and an elongated low-level structure.  Even with
 1-min GOES-16 visible data, it is difficult to tell how embedded
 the center of Emilia is within the deep convection.  The available
 data suggest the storm has slowed a little bit and turned to the
 right, so my motion estimate is 290/12 kt.  A mid-level ridge over
 Mexico and the adjacent eastern Pacific should gradually weaken
 during the next few days, resulting in a reduction of Emilia's
 forward speed. The biggest change from the last forecast cycle is
 that there could be a more substantial break in the subtropical
 ridge in the medium-range period, allowing the storm to continue a
 more west-northwestward motion, rather than taking a climatological
 westward turn. This track is dependent on how strong the cyclone is
 at that time and, since Emilia is forecast to be rather weak at
 long range, the official forecast is on the southern side of the
 guidance envelope, albeit with a northward adjustment since the last
 advisory.
 
 
 FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
 INIT  28/1500Z 14.4N 112.4W   35 KT  40 MPH
  12H  29/0000Z 15.1N 114.1W   40 KT  45 MPH
  24H  29/1200Z 15.9N 116.2W   45 KT  50 MPH
  36H  30/0000Z 16.6N 118.0W   50 KT  60 MPH
  48H  30/1200Z 17.2N 119.7W   50 KT  60 MPH
  72H  01/1200Z 18.6N 123.0W   40 KT  45 MPH
  96H  02/1200Z 20.5N 126.5W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 120H  03/1200Z 21.5N 131.0W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
 
 $$
 Forecaster Blake
 
 
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