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Latest Eastern Pacific Tropical Report
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Tropical Weather Discussion NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 1005 UTC Sun Apr 21 2024 Tropical Weather Discussion for the eastern Pacific Ocean from 03.4S to 30N, east of 120W including the Gulf of California, and from the Equator to 30N, between 120W and 140W. The following information is based on satellite imagery, weather observations, radar, and meteorological analysis. Based on 0600 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through 0830 UTC.

A surface trough extends from 07N78W to 06N111W. The ITCZ continues from 06N111W to 04N140W. Scattered moderate convection is noted from 00N to 08N and W of 130W. Scattered showers are noted along the trough.

A surface ridge extends from a 1030 mb high pressure centered near 40N138W SE to the Revillagigedo Islands. The pressure gradient between this area of high pressure and a trough over the Gulf of California is supporting moderate winds west of the Baja California peninsula. Light to gentle winds prevail elsewhere. Seas are in the 5-6 ft range over the open waters off Mexico, and 1-3 ft over the Gulf of California.

For the forecast, gentle to moderate winds winds and moderate seas will persist west of the Baja California peninsula through the middle of this week. Fresh to strong gap winds will develop in the Gulf of Tehuantepec early on Mon, and continue through Tue before diminishing. Seas will peak near 9 ft Mon night with the gap winds. Elsewhere, light to gentle winds and moderate seas will prevail.

...OFFSHORE WATERS WITHIN 250 NM OF CENTRAL AMERICA, COLOMBIA, AND WITHIN 750 NM OF ECUADOR Light to gentle winds, and seas of 5-6 ft prevail across the discussion waters. For the forecast, light to gentle breezes will persist across the region into the middle of the week. Wave heights will be mostly 4 to 6 ft primarily in SW swell, building to 5 to 7 ft off Ecuador today. Looking ahead, moderate to fresh gap winds may develop in the Gulf of Papagayo by mid-week.

A 1030 mb high pressure is centered near 40N138W, with ridge extending SE to near the Revillagigedo Islands. The pressure gradient between the area of high pressure, lower pressure in the vicinity of the ITCZ is supporting moderate to fresh trade winds from 05N to 25N between 115W and 140W, where seas are in the 7-9 ft range. A frontal trough is over the NW waters from 30N134W to 27N140W. Moderate winds and seas of 5-7 ft are west of the frontal boundary. Light winds are in the vicinity of the high center, with light to gentle winds noted elsewhere across the discussion waters. Aside from the area where fresh trades are, seas are in the 5-6 ft range.

For the forecast, wind speeds and wave heights will remain similar into early next week, with an area of 8 ft seas persisting roughly from 08N to 12N W of 130W with N swell mixing with NE wind waves. The frontal trough will dissipate today. Looking ahead, a weak surface low will enter the north-central portion of our waters by mid-week enhancing winds/seas. $$ ERA

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