Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Rene (AL182020) DATA RELEASED: 9/9/2020 2:00:00 AM UTC

Copy of official data

Tropical Depression Rene Discussion Number   8
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL182020
200 AM CVT Wed Sep 09 2020

Rene's circulation remains fairly robust based on a 08/2148Z ASCAT-A 
overpass. However, the overall convective pattern has eroded 
significantly, and this is reflected in the ASCAT scatterometer wind 
data only showing surface winds of about 25 kt. Allowing for some 
undersampling, plus a recent increase in convection near the 
center, the intensity has only been lowered to 30 kt for this 
advisory. Rene remains beneath a pronounced upper-level anticyclone 
and outflow is fairly symmetrical in all quadrants.

The initial motion is 285/14 kt. There continues to be no 
significant change to previous forecast track or reasoning. Rene is 
expected to move generally west-northwestward around the 
southwestern periphery of a deep-layer ridge for the next couple of 
days, followed by a decrease in forward speed and a turn toward the 
northwest on Friday and a motion toward the north on Saturday and 
Sunday. The latest NHC model guidance is in decent agreement on 
this developing steering flow pattern, thus the new NHC track 
forecast is essentially just an extension of the previous advisory 
track and lies close to a blend of the consensus models TVCA, GFEX, 

Although Rene has weakened, a burst of strong convection with cloud 
tops colder than -80C has developed over and to the west of the 
center, while a fragmented band of convection has formed in the 
northern semicircle. These features strongly suggest that Rene is 
poised to restrengthen soon. Sea-surface temperatures are expected 
to be 26.0-26.5 deg C in the 24-60 h period, which are only marginal 
for strengthening to occur. However, mid-level humidity values are 
forecast to be near 70 percent and the cyclone is expected to remain 
under a favorable upper-level anticyclone during that time.  Given 
these factors, slow but steady intensification is forecast, with 
Rene still expected to become a hurricane in 2-3 days.  Thereafter, 
strong westerly to west-northwesterly vertical wind shear in excess 
of 25-30 kt is expected to cause Rene to weaken significantly on 
days 4 and 5. The new official intensity forecast is similar to but 
slightly lower than the previous intensity forecast, and is along 
the extreme upper portion of the guidance envelope and is above the 
intensity consensus models.


INIT  09/0300Z 17.0N  29.3W   30 KT  35 MPH
12H  09/1200Z 17.5N  31.1W   35 KT  40 MPH
24H  10/0000Z 18.4N  33.7W   40 KT  45 MPH
36H  10/1200Z 19.3N  35.9W   50 KT  60 MPH
48H  11/0000Z 20.5N  38.1W   60 KT  70 MPH
60H  11/1200Z 22.1N  39.8W   65 KT  75 MPH
72H  12/0000Z 24.2N  41.4W   60 KT  70 MPH
96H  13/0000Z 28.5N  42.6W   50 KT  60 MPH
120H  14/0000Z 30.2N  40.3W   40 KT  45 MPH

Forecaster Stewart