Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Seventeen (AL172023) DATA RELEASED: 9/23/2023 3:00:00 PM UTC

Copy of official data

Tropical Depression Seventeen Discussion Number   1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL172023
1100 AM AST Sat Sep 23 2023

Visible imagery since sunrise revealed that a small well-defined 
center has formed on the western edge of an area of disturbed 
weather located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde 
Islands. Deep convection associated with the system is also 
sufficiently organized to classify it as a tropical cyclone. 
Therefore, advisories have been initiated on Tropical Depression 

ASCAT data valid around 1200 UTC indicated that maximum winds 
associated with the depression are near 30 kt, and that is the basis 
for the initial intensity. Since the cyclone's deep convection and 
formative mid-level circulation are displaced well east of its 
surface center, no significant change in strength is anticipated in 
the short term. Deep-layer shear appears to be very weak, but model 
soundings suggest some mid-layer shear may be responsible for the 
current structure. This shear could lessen by early next week, 
allowing for slow intensification to begin in an environment that 
should otherwise support strengthening. The NHC forecast is very 
near the intensity model consensus, with the statistical-dynamical 
models generally showing a faster rate of strengthening than the 
dynamical ones.

The depression is moving westward, with an initial forward speed 
near 13 kt. The depression should continue westward for the next 
several days, slowing down slightly as the subtropical ridge to its 
north weakens and moves eastward. After about 3 days, a mid- to 
upper-level trough over the central Atlantic should begin to turn 
the cyclone northwestward, and then northward by day 5, as long as 
Seventeen intensifies as forecasted. The NHC track forecast is 
heavily based on HCCA through the full forecast period. Confidence 
in the track forecast is somewhat lower than normal based on the 
model spread and uncertainty as to when the system will be 
vertically deep enough to begin gaining more latitude, but nearly 
all available ensemble guidance shows the same general evolution.


INIT  23/1500Z 15.6N  38.8W   30 KT  35 MPH
12H  24/0000Z 15.7N  41.0W   35 KT  40 MPH
24H  24/1200Z 15.8N  43.7W   35 KT  40 MPH
36H  25/0000Z 15.9N  46.2W   35 KT  40 MPH
48H  25/1200Z 16.2N  48.5W   40 KT  45 MPH
60H  26/0000Z 16.6N  50.2W   40 KT  45 MPH
72H  26/1200Z 17.1N  51.6W   45 KT  50 MPH
96H  27/1200Z 19.5N  54.0W   50 KT  60 MPH
120H  28/1200Z 23.0N  54.5W   55 KT  65 MPH

Forecaster D. Zelinsky