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Subtropical Storm Wanda
LOCATED
895 MI W OF THE AZORES
WINDS
50 MPH
PRESSURE
987 MB
MOVING
E AT 8 MPH
From the National Hurricane Center at 300 PM GMT Sun Oct 31 2021
Wanda slowing down.
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At 300 PM GMT (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Wanda was located near latitude 36.4 North, longitude 43.2 West. The storm is moving toward the east near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn to the southeast is expected today, followed by an eastward motion on Monday, then a turn to the northeast or north on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Slight strengthening is possible during the next couple of days, and Wanda could transition to a tropical cyclone by Monday. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 987 mb (29.15 inches).

At 300 PM GMT (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Wanda was located near latitude 36.4 North, longitude 43.2 West. The storm is moving toward the east near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn to the southeast is expected today, followed by an eastward motion on Monday, then a turn to the northeast or north on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Slight strengthening is possible during the next couple of days, and Wanda could transition to a tropical cyclone by Monday. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 987 mb (29.15 inches).

Wanda is gradually taking on characteristics of a symmetric warm-core cyclone, with bands of organized convection now located across both the northern and southeastern portions of the circulation. The 500-mb heights are slowing rising, while some cirrus outflow is becoming evident to the north of the cyclone. Although Wanda is still considered a subtropical storm due to the presence of the surrounding baroclinic circulation and upper-trough, the baroclinic circulation has been getting more detached from the storm over time. Even though the convective structure continues to evolve, this convection has not been able to become more concentrated near the system's core since last night. Therefore, the initial advisory intensity remains 45 kt, which is consistent with the latest average of the satellite intensity estimates from TAFB, and UW-CIMSS ADT and SATCON.

The storm has slowed its forward motion and is now moving at 100/07 kt. A turn to the southeast is expected today as Wanda wobbles within the upper-level tropospheric trough that it is embedded within. The upper-trough is forecast to lift out on Monday, leaving Wanda within the weak steering flow near a cutoff mid-level trough. By Tuesday, a ridge is forecast to build to the east of the cyclone, resulting in a turn to the northeast or north, along with an increase in forward speed. By late this week, Wanda should accelerate northeastward within the southwesterly mid-latitude flow. The model guidance is in good agreement on this track scenario, and the latest NHC track forecast is very similar to the previous one.

Despite being over sea surface temperatures below the ideal warmth to support a classic tropical cyclone, the colder-than-typical upper tropospheric temperatures over Wanda should continue to help support deep convection for the next few days. Therefore, some slight strengthening is possible during that time. As mentioned above, the upper-trough is expected to leave Wanda behind by Monday, which should allow the cyclone to complete a tropical transition by that time. Various global model solutions within the Florida State University cyclone phase evolution forecasts agree with this scenario taking place over the next 24 h. After 72 h, decreasing water temperatures in the path of Wanda should cause the cyclone to weaken and become post-tropical by the end of the 5-day forecast period. The latest NHC intensity forecast is unchanged from the previous one, with the only change being the tropical phase of Wanda beginning Monday.

Wanda is gradually taking on characteristics of a symmetric warm-core cyclone, with bands of organized convection now located across both the northern and southeastern portions of the circulation. The 500-mb heights are slowing rising, while some cirrus outflow is becoming evident to the north of the cyclone. Although Wanda is still considered a subtropical storm due to the presence of the surrounding baroclinic circulation and upper-trough, the baroclinic circulation has been getting more detached from the storm over time. Even though the convective structure continues to evolve, this convection has not been able to become more concentrated near the system's core since last night. Therefore, the initial advisory intensity remains 45 kt, which is consistent with the latest average of the satellite intensity estimates from TAFB, and UW-CIMSS ADT and SATCON.

The storm has slowed its forward motion and is now moving at 100/07 kt. A turn to the southeast is expected today as Wanda wobbles within the upper-level tropospheric trough that it is embedded within. The upper-trough is forecast to lift out on Monday, leaving Wanda within the weak steering flow near a cutoff mid-level trough. By Tuesday, a ridge is forecast to build to the east of the cyclone, resulting in a turn to the northeast or north, along with an increase in forward speed. By late this week, Wanda should accelerate northeastward within the southwesterly mid-latitude flow. The model guidance is in good agreement on this track scenario, and the latest NHC track forecast is very similar to the previous one.

Despite being over sea surface temperatures below the ideal warmth to support a classic tropical cyclone, the colder-than-typical upper tropospheric temperatures over Wanda should continue to help support deep convection for the next few days. Therefore, some slight strengthening is possible during that time. As mentioned above, the upper-trough is expected to leave Wanda behind by Monday, which should allow the cyclone to complete a tropical transition by that time. Various global model solutions within the Florida State University cyclone phase evolution forecasts agree with this scenario taking place over the next 24 h. After 72 h, decreasing water temperatures in the path of Wanda should cause the cyclone to weaken and become post-tropical by the end of the 5-day forecast period. The latest NHC intensity forecast is unchanged from the previous one, with the only change being the tropical phase of Wanda beginning Monday.

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