Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Margot (AL142023) DATA RELEASED: 9/13/2023 3:00:00 AM UTC

Copy of official data

Hurricane Margot Discussion Number  23
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL142023
300 AM GMT Wed Sep 13 2023

Margot's satellite appearance has improved since the previous
advisory. Infrared imagery indicates deep convection wraps
around the center, with cold cloud tops. Infrared and proxy-vis
satellite depict that an eye may also be trying to reappear. A
recent scatterometer pass shows that the system continues to have a
very large wind field. Subjective Dvorak estimates for this cycle
were T4.0/T4.5 from TAFB and SAB, respectively. Using a blend of
these estimates and the improved satellite appearance, the initial
intensity for this advisory is raised to 75 kt.

Margot has started to move north-northwestward, and should continue 
this motion with a slightly slower forward speed on Wednesday. In 
about 2 to 3 days, there continues to be significant divergence in 
the guidance envelope, and therefore there is higher than normal 
forecast uncertainty. A ridge is forecast to build north of Margot 
over the next couple of days. The GFS and ECMWF have two very 
different solutions with how Margot interacts with this ridge, and 
are on opposite sides of the guidance suite. The current NHC 
forecast has not been adjusted much from the previous one, which 
remains near the multi-model consensus aids, as there is no reason 
to favor either global model solution at this time. It is possible 
that larger track adjustments will be needed to future NHC 

Margot's intensity should stay relatively steady, with slight 
fluctuations, up or down, during the next several days. The 
intensity guidance is in fairly good agreement in the short-term. 
However, in about 2 to 3 days, similar to the track forecast there 
is uncertainty in the intensity forecast as they are dependent on 
one another. The NHC intensity forecast is similar to the previous 
one, and lies near the multi-model consensus showing steady 
weakening towards the end of the forecast period.


INIT  13/0300Z 32.7N  39.7W   75 KT  85 MPH
12H  13/1200Z 34.0N  40.4W   75 KT  85 MPH
24H  14/0000Z 35.1N  40.8W   70 KT  80 MPH
36H  14/1200Z 36.1N  40.6W   70 KT  80 MPH
48H  15/0000Z 36.9N  40.2W   70 KT  80 MPH
60H  15/1200Z 37.3N  40.2W   65 KT  75 MPH
72H  16/0000Z 37.5N  40.6W   60 KT  70 MPH
96H  17/0000Z 38.4N  42.4W   50 KT  60 MPH
120H  18/0000Z 40.6N  42.0W   45 KT  50 MPH

Forecaster Kelly