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#1187343 (Received by flhurricane at: 5:06 AM 04.Jul.2024)

Hurricane Beryl Discussion Number 23
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022024
500 AM EDT Thu Jul 04 2024

Satellite images indicate that Beryl continues to have a large area
of strong convection near the center, although the overall cloud
pattern has become less symmetric. This matches the radar imagery
from Grand Cayman which shows a well-defined eyewall on the
northern side but remains open on the southern side. There isn`t
much reason to believe that the gradual filling seen in the last
aircraft mission has stopped, and the initial wind speed is set to
105 kt, a bit lower than what the last aircraft data supported.
The NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunters should be in the cyclone
within a few hours for a better intensity estimate.

Beryl appears to be moving west-northwestward or 285/17 kt.
Overall, there are no significant changes to the track forecast. A
large ridge centered over the southeastern U.S. should cause Beryl
to move westward or west-northwestward during the next couple of
days. Model guidance is tightly clustered on a course toward the
Yucatan Peninsula early Friday and emerging into the southern Gulf
of Mexico early Saturday. The western periphery of the ridge is
forecast to weaken due to a series of shortwaves moving over the
Central Plains, causing Beryl to slow down and turn northwestward
this weekend. While there isn`t an atypical amount of track spread
by the time Beryl impacts the western Gulf Coast early next week,
the average error at day 4 is about 150 miles, so it is too early to
pinpoint a specific region for the worst hazards. The new NHC
forecast is close to the model consensus and the previous forecast.

Water vapor images show a upper-level trough moving west-
southwestward over the southern Gulf of Mexico, helping to impart
moderate-to-strong shear over Beryl. While the hurricane has been
an over-performer so far, this magnitude of shear should cause
notable weakening over the next day or so, but Beryl is expected to
still be a hurricane near the Yucatan tomorrow. After emerging into
the Gulf of Mexico, Beryl will likely have a couple of days to
re-strengthen over warm waters with light or moderate shear. Almost
all of the model guidance show the system near hurricane strength as
Beryl approaches the western Gulf Coast, and so does the official
forecast. The NHC intensity forecast is basically the same as the
previous one, but should be considered of low confidence due to the
inherent uncertainties of intensity forecasts in moderate shear.

Key Messages:

1. Strong winds, dangerous storm surge, damaging waves, and areas of
flooding are expected to occur in the Cayman Islands today where a
Hurricane Warning remains in effect.

2. Hurricane-force winds, dangerous storm surge, and heavy rainfall
are expected over portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize
beginning tonight as Beryl approaches that area as a hurricane.
Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect
for portions of that area.

3. There remains uncertainty in the track and intensity forecast of
Beryl over the western Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Interests in
eastern Mexico and southern Texas should monitor the progress of
Beryl. Regardless of the exact track, rip currents could cause
life-threatening beach conditions beginning late Friday and
continuing through the weekend across much of the Gulf coast.


INIT 04/0900Z 18.5N 81.0W 105 KT 120 MPH
12H 04/1800Z 19.0N 83.6W 95 KT 110 MPH
24H 05/0600Z 19.5N 86.7W 80 KT 90 MPH
36H 05/1800Z 20.3N 89.2W 50 KT 60 MPH...INLAND
48H 06/0600Z 21.2N 91.5W 50 KT 60 MPH...OVER WATER
60H 06/1800Z 22.3N 93.6W 55 KT 65 MPH
72H 07/0600Z 23.3N 95.3W 60 KT 70 MPH
96H 08/0600Z 25.2N 97.6W 65 KT 75 MPH...NEAR COAST
120H 09/0600Z 27.0N 99.3W 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND

Forecaster Blake