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 WTNT42 KNHC 030859
 TCDAT2
 TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO DISCUSSION NUMBER   1
 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   AL022008
 500 AM EDT THU JUL 03 2008
  
 THE STRONG TROPICAL WAVE AND SURFACE LOW OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC
 OCEAN HAS ACQUIRED ENOUGH ORGANIZED CONVECTION TO NOW BE CONSIDERED
 A TROPICAL DEPRESSION.  SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT A STRONG
 BURST OF CONVECTION HAS PERSISTED FOR OVER 12 HOURS NEAR OR JUST
 WEST OF THE APPARENT CENTER OF THE SYSTEM.  BANDING FEATURES ARE
 ALSO BECOMING MORE PRONOUNCED IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE
 CIRCULATION.  THE INITIAL INTENSITY OF 30 KT IS BASED ON A QUIKSCAT
 PASS FROM LATE YESTERDAY THAT SHOWED SOME RELIABLE 25-30 KT WINDS. 
 IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT MOST GLOBAL MODELS...ESPECIALLY THE
 GFS...SUGGESTED THE POSSIBILITY OF GENESIS IN THIS AREA OVER A WEEK
 AGO...A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT.
 
 MIDDLE-LEVEL RIDGING IS STEERING THE STORM TOWARD THE WEST-
 NORTHWEST...ABOUT 285/8. THIS RIDGING GETS STRONGER DURING THE NEXT
 COUPLE OF DAYS...WHICH SHOULD CAUSE A FASTER FORWARD MOTION BY LATE
 TOMORROW. GLOBAL MODELS ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT WITH THE TRACK UNTIL
 THE SYSTEM POTENTIALLY REACHES A BREAK IN THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE
 ALONG ABOUT 50W-55W AT THE END OF THE FORECAST PERIOD. THE MODELS
 THAT SHOW THE STRONGEST REFLECTION OF THE CYCLONE...SUCH AS THE
 GFS/HWRF/GFDL...TURN THE DEPRESSION MORE TOWARD THE NORTHWEST...
 WHILE THE UKMET/ECMWF MODELS KEEP A WEAKER TROPICAL CYCLONE ON A
 WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TRACK. THE OFFICIAL FORECAST IS CLOSE TO A BLEND
 OF THE FIVE MODELS ABOVE BUT JUST A SHADE TO THE LEFT OF THAT
 CONSENSUS.
 
 VERTICAL WIND SHEAR IS FORECAST TO REMAIN LIGHT FOR THE NEXT FEW
 DAYS NEAR THIS SYSTEM...SO THE BIGGEST LIMITING FACTOR ON THE
 FUTURE STRENGTH OF THE DEPRESSION IS THE COOLER WATERS AND MORE
 STABLE AIR IN ITS PATH. AFTER ABOUT 24 HR ON THE NHC TRACK...SSTS
 DROP BELOW 26C AND STAY BELOW THAT THRESHOLD FOR A COUPLE DAYS.
 THEREAFTER SSTS WARM SLIGHTLY AND MOST GLOBAL MODELS FORECAST AN
 ENVIRONMENT THAT WOULD FAVOR SOME INTENSIFICATION. THE OFFICIAL
 INTENSITY FORECAST REFLECTS THIS SCENARIO...SHOWING STRENGTHENING
 AT THE START AND END OF THE FORECAST PERIOD AND NO SIGNIFICANT
 CHANGE IN BETWEEN WHILE THE SYSTEM IS OVER THE COOLEST SSTS. THE
 SHIPS/GFDL MODELS ARE A LITTLE MORE BULLISH WITH THIS
 SYSTEM...MAKING IT A HURRICANE WITHIN 5 DAYS. 
  
  
 FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
  
 INITIAL      03/0900Z 12.6N  22.7W    30 KT
  12HR VT     03/1800Z 13.0N  24.5W    35 KT
  24HR VT     04/0600Z 13.8N  27.2W    45 KT
  36HR VT     04/1800Z 14.7N  30.0W    45 KT
  48HR VT     05/0600Z 15.8N  33.3W    45 KT
  72HR VT     06/0600Z 17.5N  40.0W    45 KT
  96HR VT     07/0600Z 20.0N  46.5W    50 KT
 120HR VT     08/0600Z 23.0N  51.0W    55 KT
  
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