Tropical Cyclone Felleng (13S) North of La Reunion12S 53.4E
Tropical Cyclone Felleng (13S), located approximately 420 nm north of La Reunion, has tracked west-southwestward at 08 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 30 feet.
Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows the system has significantly deepened with convective bands wrapping tighter into a symmetrical, albeit cloud-filled 22-nm eye. The initial position is fixed with high confidence based on the eye feature in the above animation.
Upper level analysis indicates the system is in the vicinity of a ridge axis in an area of light to moderate (10-15 knot) vertical wind shear (VWS). Furthermore, animated water vapor imagery shows a strong poleward outflow. The cyclone is tracking along the northwest extension of a deep-layered subtropical ridge (STR) to the southeast.
After TAU 24, a mid-latitude trough approaching from the southwest is expected to weaken the str and cause TC 13S to track more poleward. The system is forecast to further intensify due to the continued favorable upper level environment, enhanced by an opening of a poleward outflow channel with the approach of the aforementioned mid-latitude trough.
However, after TAU 72, Felleng will gradually weaken as VWS increases and sea surface temperatures begin to cool. The available numeric guidance is in tight agreement with the sole exception of WBAR that continues to deflect the vortex to the right of the model envelope. There is high confidence in the JTWC track forecast which is laid just to the left of consensus to offset WBAR.