Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Eight (AL082020) DATA RELEASED: 7/22/2020 10:00:00 PM UTC

Copy of official data

Tropical Depression Eight Discussion Number   1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL082020
1000 PM CDT Wed Jul 22 2020

Surface observations and data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunters
indicate that the area of low pressure over the central Gulf of
Mexico has developed a closed circulation and a well-defined 
center.  In addition, recent satellite images show an area of deep 
convection expanding over the center.  Based on those observations, 
advisories are being initiated on Tropical Depression Eight.  The 
initial intensity is set at 25 kt based on the earlier 
reconnaissance data.

The initial motion is an uncertain west-northwestward at 5 kt.  A 
subtropical ridge to the northeast of the depression should cause 
it to continue moving in that general direction through Friday as 
it tracks across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.  A slight turn to 
the left is expected Friday night and Saturday as a ridge builds to 
the north of the system, taking the center of cyclone across the 
Texas coast and then inland over southern Texas.  The models are in 
fairly good agreement on this scenario, and the NHC track forecast 
lies near the various consensus models.

The depression is expected to be in generally light to moderate 
wind shear conditions, in a fairly moist environment, and over the 
warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico for the next couple of days, so 
some strengthening seems likely. However, since the depression is 
still in its formative stage, the rate of strengthening should be 
gradual.  After the storm crosses the coast, steady weakening should 
commence.  The NHC intensity forecast generally follows the IVCN and 
HCCA guidance.

Key Messages

1. The depression is expected to strengthen and it could bring 
tropical-storm-force winds to portions of the Texas coast, where a 
tropical storm watch has been issued.

2. The depression is expected to produce heavy rains across 
portions of Louisiana and southern Texas.  These rains could result 
in flash flooding.


INIT  23/0300Z 25.9N  88.2W   25 KT  30 MPH
12H  23/1200Z 26.3N  89.3W   30 KT  35 MPH
24H  24/0000Z 27.0N  90.8W   30 KT  35 MPH
36H  24/1200Z 27.9N  92.4W   35 KT  40 MPH
48H  25/0000Z 28.2N  94.0W   35 KT  40 MPH
60H  25/1200Z 28.5N  95.3W   40 KT  45 MPH
72H  26/0000Z 28.7N  96.8W   35 KT  40 MPH...INLAND
96H  27/0000Z 28.8N  98.1W   25 KT  30 MPH...INLAND
120H  28/0000Z 28.7N 100.5W   20 KT  25 MPH...INLAND

Forecaster Cangialosi