Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Wilfred (AL232020) DATA RELEASED: 9/20/2020 3:00:00 PM UTC

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Tropical Depression Wilfred Discussion Number   9
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL232020
1100 AM AST Sun Sep 20 2020

First-light visible imagery of Wilfred shows a well-defined center 
south of widespread - but not very well banded - deep convection.  
The improved positioning this morning allows for a more confident 
assessment of its movement toward the west-northwest at 17 kt.  As 
the system slowly winds down, it will be increasingly steered by 
the low-level flow indicating a slower movement toward the west or 
west-northwest until dissipation.  The new track forecast is 
slightly farther west due to the faster initial motion within 36 
hours, then slightly farther east afterward based upon the TVCN 
track consensus approach.

While the ASCAT scatterometer passes this morning missed Wilfred's 
center, ASCAT-B observed 30 kt peak winds in its northeastern 
quadrant.  This value is used as the initial intensity, consistent 
with both SAB and TAFB's Dvorak classifications. 

The combination of outflow from Hurricane Teddy as well as winds on 
the southern side of an impinging upper-level trough are causing 
about 20 kt vertical shear from the west-northwest.  This shear 
should increase over the next couple of days as Wilfred gets into 
closer proximity with the trough.  The strong shear and dry 
mid-level humidities should continue to cause a reduction of the 
deep convection and lead to the system becoming a remnant low in a 
couple of days followed within another day or so by dissipation.  
All statistical and dynamical intensity guidance is in agreement 
with this scenario. Alternatively, Wilfred could become a remnant 
low sooner, if the convection ceases later today or Monday.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT  20/1500Z 15.7N  44.2W   30 KT  35 MPH
12H  21/0000Z 16.2N  46.3W   30 KT  35 MPH
24H  21/1200Z 16.5N  48.4W   25 KT  30 MPH
36H  22/0000Z 16.8N  50.0W   25 KT  30 MPH
48H  22/1200Z 17.0N  51.5W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
60H  23/0000Z 17.2N  52.7W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
72H  23/1200Z...DISSIPATED

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Forecaster Landsea