Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

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

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Tropical Storm Bret Discussion Number  17
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL032023
1100 AM AST Fri Jun 23 2023

Bret is maintaining its intensity for now.  Deep convection has 
increased over the center during the past few hours and there 
remains a larger area of disorganized thunderstorms on the system's 
east side.  The Air Force Hurricane Hunters have been investigating 
the storm this morning and on their last pass they found maximum 
flight-level winds of 60 kt and peak SFMR winds around 45 kt.  These 
data support holding the intensity steady at 50 kt.  Bret is pulling 
away from the Lesser Antilles, but showers and thunderstorms along 
with gusty winds will likely continue across portions of that island 
chain for much of the day.

Bret is moving beneath an upper-level trough axis currently, but by
tonight it should be located on the west side of the trough, which
should result in a notable increase in northerly vertical wind shear
and intrusions of dry air.  Therefore, steady weakening is expected
and the NHC intensity forecast follows the theme of the model
guidance.  Bret will likely open into a trough on Sunday.

The tropical storm continues to move quickly westward at 17 kt on
the south side of a low- to mid-level ridge.  This motion should
continue during the next couple of days taking Bret across the
eastern and central Caribbean Sea.  The NHC track forecast is a
touch to the south of the previous one, primarily due to the initial
position, and remains on the fast side of the model guidance.


1. Bret is moving westward over the southeastern Caribbean Sea, but
trailing rainbands with embedded gusty winds continue to affect
portions of the Windward Islands.  These conditions should gradually
subside through the day.


INIT  23/1500Z 13.3N  64.7W   50 KT  60 MPH
12H  24/0000Z 13.4N  67.0W   45 KT  50 MPH
24H  24/1200Z 13.5N  70.5W   40 KT  45 MPH
36H  25/0000Z 13.6N  74.0W   35 KT  40 MPH
48H  25/1200Z 13.6N  77.4W   30 KT  35 MPH
60H  26/0000Z...DISSIPATED

Forecaster Cangialosi