Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Bret (AL032023) DATA RELEASED: 6/21/2023 3:00:00 PM UTC

Copy of official data

Tropical Storm Bret Discussion Number   9
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL032023
1100 AM AST Wed Jun 21 2023

Bret's cloud pattern remains ragged, and cloud top temperatures have 
warmed a bit compared to earlier this morning.  Since there has not 
been an appreciable increase in organization, the initial intensity 
remains 50 kt, which is a blend between the latest subjective 
numbers from TAFB and SAB, and objective final-T numbers (which 
have been decreasing).  An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter 
aircraft is scheduled to investigate Bret in a few hours and should 
provide a better estimate of the storm's intensity and wind field 

The storm still appears to be under the influence of moderate 
westerly shear below the cirrus level, with the bulk of the deep 
convection displaced to the east of the center.  Bret still has an 
opportunity to strengthen slightly over the next day or so, and the 
NHC intensity forecast is close to the SHIPS, LGEM, and HCCA 
solutions through 36 hours.  Stronger deep-layer shear is expected 
to cause weakening in about 36 to 48 hours after Bret moves into the 
eastern Caribbean Sea, and global model fields indicate that the 
circulation could open up into a trough by Saturday.  As a result, 
dissipation is now shown in the official forecast by day 4, although 
it could occur sooner than that.

Low- to mid-level ridging continues to push Bret westward at 280/12 
kt.  The steering flow is expected to strengthen some in the next 
couple of days, and Bret is therefore forecast to accelerate toward 
the west on Thursday and Friday as it's approaching and passing 
across the Lesser Antilles.  There have been no significant shifts 
in the track guidance on this cycle, and the new NHC track forecast 
is therefore unchanged from the 5 am forecast.  Users are reminded 
that NHC's track forecasts have average errors of about 45-50 n mi 
at 36 hours, and there is risk of strong winds and heavy rainfall 
for several islands within the Lesser Antilles regardless of 
exactly where the center crosses the island chain.


1. Bret is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles through
Thursday and then move across those islands late Thursday and 
Thursday night as a strong tropical storm, bringing a risk of 
flooding from heavy rainfall, strong winds, and dangerous waves 
along the coast.

2. Given the uncertainty in the track and intensity forecasts, it
is still too early to specify the exact location and magnitude of 
where Bret's associated hazards could occur.  A Tropical Storm 
Warning is now in effect for St. Lucia, and a Tropical Storm Watch 
remains in effect for Barbados, Dominica, and Martinique.  
Additional warnings are likely for some islands in the Lesser 
Antilles later today.


INIT  21/1500Z 13.0N  52.5W   50 KT  60 MPH
12H  22/0000Z 13.2N  54.4W   55 KT  65 MPH
24H  22/1200Z 13.5N  57.1W   55 KT  65 MPH
36H  23/0000Z 13.9N  60.1W   55 KT  65 MPH
48H  23/1200Z 14.3N  63.5W   50 KT  60 MPH
60H  24/0000Z 14.6N  67.1W   45 KT  50 MPH
72H  24/1200Z 14.7N  70.7W   40 KT  45 MPH
96H  25/1200Z...DISSIPATED

Forecaster Berg