Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Emily (AL072023) DATA RELEASED: 8/20/2023 3:00:00 PM UTC

Copy of official data

Tropical Storm Emily Discussion Number   1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL072023
1100 AM AST Sun Aug 20 2023

The large area of low pressure we have been monitoring 
over the last several days to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands 
has finally developed a well-defined circulation per recently 
received satellite wind data. In addition, the scatterometer wind 
data also suggest the system has developed a robust wind field on 
its northern semicircle, with ASCAT-B/C both showing believable 
wind retrievals in the 40-45 kt range. Therefore, advisories are 
being initiated on Tropical Storm Emily this morning with maximum 
sustained winds of 45 kt, which is in good agreement with the latest 
1200 UTC TAFB Dvorak fix. 

The estimated motion of the tropical storm is slowly off to the 
west-northwest, at 300/9 kt. Over the next several days, Emily 
should maintain a general west-northwestward motion as it remains 
steered by a low-level ridge centered to its north. A gradual turn 
to the north is anticipated after Emily becomes a remnant low, 
rounding the southern periphery of this subtropical ridge. The track 
guidance is in fairly good agreement on this scenario, and the 
initial track forecast lies in between the simple and corrected 
consensus aids.

Emily might already be near its peak intensity, as vertical wind 
shear is expected to substantially increase over the cyclone in the 
next 24-36 hours as it remains embedded in a fairly dry mid-level 
environment. While it is possible a bit more intensification occurs 
today, it seems more likely the system will soon succumb to the 
increasingly hostile environment over the next several days. Both 
the GFS and ECMWF suggest Emily will cease to produce organized 
convection in about 48 hours, and the official intensity forecast 
shows it becoming a post-tropical remnant low at that time. There is 
some chance the environment becomes more favorable again in 4-5 
days, but a regeneration scenario will not be shown in the official 
forecast for now. 


INIT  20/1500Z 19.5N  38.8W   45 KT  50 MPH
12H  21/0000Z 20.3N  39.9W   45 KT  50 MPH
24H  21/1200Z 20.9N  41.6W   40 KT  45 MPH
36H  22/0000Z 21.5N  43.6W   35 KT  40 MPH
48H  22/1200Z 22.5N  45.8W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
60H  23/0000Z 23.6N  47.7W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
72H  23/1200Z 25.1N  49.0W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
96H  24/1200Z 29.8N  50.3W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
120H  25/1200Z 36.0N  51.0W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW

Forecaster Papin