Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Paulette (AL172020) DATA RELEASED: 9/14/2020 3:00:00 PM UTC

Copy of official data

Hurricane Paulette Discussion Number  31
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL172020
1100 AM AST Mon Sep 14 2020

The 53rd Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft observed a
peak 700 mb flight-level wind of 93 kt and a SFMR wind of 80 kt 25
miles to the northeast of the center of the 35 mile wide eye.  The 
central pressure, also reported by the aircraft, has fallen to 970
mb.  Based on these data, the initial intensity is increased to 85
kt for this advisory.

Additional strengthening is expected as Paulette moves away from 
Bermuda and accelerates northeastward over the North Atlantic.  
Paulette should be at or near major hurricane strength within the 
next 24 hours.  At the 48 hour forecast period, weakening will 
commence as the cyclone becomes involved with a mid-latitude 
shortwave trough approaching from the Canadian Maritimes.  Paulette 
should begin losing its tropical characteristics toward the end of 
the week. The peak intensity is increased a little at the 24 hour 
period to agree with the HCCA and IVCN intensity multi-models and 
follows these aids through the remaining portion of the forecast 

The initial motion estimate is 355/12 kt.  Paulette will begin 
accelerating northeastward by Tuesday morning then turn 
east-northeastward with a further increased in forward motion early 
Wednesday morning.  A slower eastward to southeastward motion is 
forecast on Friday in response to a larger mid- to upper 
tropospheric cut-off low approaching the eastern Atlantic.  The NHC 
forecast is a little faster than the previous one beyond the 36 
hour period and basically lies down the middle of the tightly 
clustered deterministic and regional model guidance.

Key Messages:

1. The eye of Paulette will gradually move away from Bermuda
today, however, hurricane and tropical storm conditions, storm 
surge, and very heavy rainfall will likely continue into this 

2. Swells produced by Paulette are affecting portions of the
Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and
the east coast of the United States. These swells could cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.


INIT  14/1500Z 33.4N  64.7W   85 KT 100 MPH
12H  15/0000Z 35.1N  63.6W   95 KT 110 MPH
24H  15/1200Z 37.5N  59.8W  110 KT 125 MPH
36H  16/0000Z 40.1N  54.2W  110 KT 125 MPH
48H  16/1200Z 42.9N  47.6W   90 KT 105 MPH
60H  17/0000Z 45.5N  41.1W   75 KT  85 MPH
72H  17/1200Z 47.1N  36.8W   65 KT  75 MPH
96H  18/1200Z 45.5N  33.2W   50 KT  60 MPH
120H  19/1200Z 40.1N  32.1W   45 KT  50 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

Forecaster Roberts