Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Margot (AL142023) DATA RELEASED: 9/10/2023 3:00:00 PM UTC

Copy of official data

Tropical Storm Margot Discussion Number  13
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL142023
1100 AM AST Sun Sep 10 2023

Shear continues to impact Margot's ability to become better 
organized. Visible satellite imagery this morning shows that the 
low-level center of the system remains on the southwestern edge of 
the deep convection. All the deep convection remains sheared to the 
northeast. A 1154 UTC scatterometer pass this morning, depicted a 
few wind barbs,that were not rain flagged, near 40 kt. Given the 
undersampling of this instrument, the intensity is held at 45 kt 
for this advisory. This is in agreement with the latest subjective 
Dvorak satellite intensity estimate of T3.0 from TAFB.

Margot is currently within an environment of moderate vertical wind 
shear, which is inhibiting the organization of the system. Despite 
the less than favorable environment, the intensity guidance has 
been persistent in Margot gradually strengthening over the next few 
days as it enters a more favorable upper-level wind pattern, and 
continues over warm sea surface temperatures.  The NHC forecast is 
for gradual strengthening and has Margot becoming a hurricane in 
about two days. This is in agreement with the corrected consensus 
HCCA, and IVCN intensity aids.

Margot is expected continue to move north-northwestward to northward 
into a weakness in the central Atlantic subtropical ridge. Beyond 
day 3, Margot will begin to slow its forward motion as the steering 
pattern weakens. Towards the end of the forecast period, there 
remains quite a bit of cross-track model spread, and some models 
have the system meandering in the central Atlantic. There is higher 
than normal uncertainty in this time range. The NHC track forecast 
lies between the HFIP HCCA and simple consensus TVCA. 


INIT  10/1500Z 23.0N  40.0W   45 KT  50 MPH
12H  11/0000Z 24.1N  40.3W   50 KT  60 MPH
24H  11/1200Z 25.8N  40.6W   55 KT  65 MPH
36H  12/0000Z 27.5N  40.6W   60 KT  70 MPH
48H  12/1200Z 29.5N  40.7W   65 KT  75 MPH
60H  13/0000Z 31.6N  40.9W   70 KT  80 MPH
72H  13/1200Z 33.3N  41.3W   70 KT  80 MPH
96H  14/1200Z 35.6N  41.6W   75 KT  85 MPH
120H  15/1200Z 36.9N  41.7W   70 KT  80 MPH

Forecaster Kelly