Invest 93W
Friday, May 5, 2023

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By PDC’s Senior Weather
Specialist Glenn James

Current Tropical Cyclones:

There are no tropical cyclones


Northwest Pacific Ocean

>>> There’s an area of disturbed weather being referred to as Invest 93W, which is located approximately 32 NM west-northwest of Puerto Princesa, Philippines.

Animated satellite imagery and a microwave image depict sparse, flaring convection wrapping around a broad and disorganized low level center. Additionally, a broad circulation with 15-20 knot winds near the center, and a swath of 20-25 knot winds well to the east of the center, likely enhanced by funneling of low-level flow through the Philippine Islands.

93W’S environment has become increasingly favorable, characterized by moderate upper-level divergence, warm sea surface temperatures and low (5-10 knot) vertical wind shear.

Global models are in agreement that 93W will track generally west-northwestward over the next 24-72 hours. Although the environment is favorable overall, the weak low-level structure and interaction with land will likely continue to hinder development in the near-term.

Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 18 to 23 knots.

The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours remains medium.