Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Bret (AL032023) DATA RELEASED: 6/23/2023 3:00:00 AM UTC

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Tropical Storm Bret Discussion Number  15
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL032023
1100 PM AST Thu Jun 22 2023

The center of Bret is currently near St. Vincent in the Windward 
Islands.  Satellite imagery and radar data from Barbados indicate 
that the cyclone is losing organization due to increasing vertical 
wind shear, with only minimal convection currently near the center.  
The remainder of the convection is in bands and clusters well 
removed from the center in the eastern semicircle.  Data from an Air 
Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft shows that the maximum 
surface winds are now near 50 kt, and that will be the initial 

The initial motion is now 270/16 kt.  Bret is on the south side of 
a low- to mid-level subtropical ridge, and this feature should 
steer the cyclone or its remnants almost due west for the next 
several days.  The forecast track calls for Bret to move away from 
the Lesser Antilles during the next several hours and then move 
across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea Friday and Saturday.  
There are no significant changes to either the track forecast 
guidance or the forecast track since the previous advisory. 

Bret is moving into an area of moderate to strong southwesterly 
shear associated with an amplifying upper-level trough over the 
eastern Caribbean Sea.  This, combined with some dry air 
entrainment, should cause steady weakening starting on Friday 
morning and continuing for the next several days.  The NHC 
intensity forecast continues to trend downward and now calls for 
Bret to degenerate to a trough or tropical wave Saturday night or 
Sunday in agreement with the global model guidance.


1. Bret is moving across the Lesser Antilles at this time as a 
strong tropical storm. Conditions in the area should improve later 
tonight as the storm moves away.

2. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent 
and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique, and Dominica. There is a 
risk of flooding from heavy rainfall, strong winds, and dangerous 
waves along the coast within the warning area.


INIT  23/0300Z 13.3N  61.1W   50 KT  60 MPH
12H  23/1200Z 13.4N  63.7W   50 KT  60 MPH
24H  24/0000Z 13.5N  67.2W   45 KT  50 MPH
36H  24/1200Z 13.6N  70.7W   40 KT  45 MPH
48H  25/0000Z 13.7N  74.1W   35 KT  40 MPH
60H  25/1200Z...DISSIPATED

Forecaster Beven