Official Discussion issued by the National Hurricane Center

Philippe (AL172023) DATA RELEASED: 9/30/2023 3:00:00 AM UTC

Copy of official data

Tropical Storm Philippe Discussion Number  27
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL172023
1100 PM AST Fri Sep 29 2023

Deep convection continues to pulse over the southeastern portion of 
Philippe's circulation this evening.  The center is located near 
the northwestern edge of the deep convection due to moderate 
westerly shear.  The intensity is held at 45 kt, and is based on 
the earlier reconnaissance aircraft data and a T3.0 (45 kt) 
subjective Dvorak classification from TAFB.  Another Air Force 
Reserve reconnaissance mission is scheduled overnight, and this 
mission should provide a full assessment of Philippe's structure 
and intensity. 

The earlier aircraft center fixes and more recent satellite 
position estimates indicate that Philippe is moving slowly 
southwestward. This motion is being influenced by Philippe's 
interaction with Tropical Storm Rina located to Philippe's 
east-northeast.  As the two tropical cyclone's continue to 
interact, Philippe is expected to move slowly west-southwestward
to westward during the next 24 to 36 hours.  After that time, the 
distance between the tropical cyclones should increase, and 
Philippe is forecast to turn northwestward when a mid-level ridge 
builds over the central Atlantic.  After 72 hours, Philippe is 
expected to turn northward between the aforementioned ridge and a 
mid- to upper-level trough over the southwestern Atlantic.  
Although the models are in general agreement on this scenario, 
there is significant spread on the longitude of the northward turn, 
and on how fast Philippe moves later in the period.  The updated 
NHC track forecast is near the various consensus aids, and very 
close to the previous advisory. 

The moderate shear that has been affecting Philippe the past few 
days could lessen during the next day or two.  This should allow 
for some gradual strengthening over the weekend.  After that time, 
there is a bifurcation in the intensity guidance with the 
GFS-based SHIPS model, the HMON, the HWRF, and even the GFS showing 
a more favorable upper-air environment and more significant 
deepening with a track farther east.  Meanwhile, the ECMWF-based 
SHIPS guidance, and the HAFS-A and HAFS-B which show a more westward 
track keeps stronger southwesterly vertical wind shear over the 
storm and therefore less strengthening.  The NHC intensity foreast 
is near the middle of these two scenarios, but is a bit more 
conservative than the lastest intensity consensus models. 


INIT  30/0300Z 17.6N  55.8W   45 KT  50 MPH
12H  30/1200Z 17.3N  56.0W   45 KT  50 MPH
24H  01/0000Z 17.2N  56.4W   50 KT  60 MPH
36H  01/1200Z 17.3N  56.9W   55 KT  65 MPH
48H  02/0000Z 17.8N  57.5W   60 KT  70 MPH
60H  02/1200Z 18.7N  58.2W   60 KT  70 MPH
72H  03/0000Z 20.2N  58.7W   60 KT  70 MPH
96H  04/0000Z 23.4N  58.9W   60 KT  70 MPH
120H  05/0000Z 27.3N  57.5W   60 KT  70 MPH

Forecaster Brown