While observations from the Global Hawk and P-3 provided important snapshots throughout the life cycle of Edouard (Zawislak et al. 2016), numerical models complement and reveal, in more detail, the processes behind these relationships through filling an ~48 hour airborne observational gap during a crucial period of intensification between 12–14 Sept. We use a high resolution, full physics ensemble of Edouard (2014) simulated by the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model – Advanced Research WRF (ARW; Skamarock et al., 2008). We deem the quantification of azimuthal variations — with a focus on the shear-relative quadrants — as particularly important, especially early in intensification when wind and precipitation distributions tend to be more asymmetric. We examine whether precipitation is responsible for upshear humidification (moistening), or if an increase is due to advection from the environment, or simply a result of vortex alignment (perhaps due to a decrease in vertical shear). We present detailed temperature and water vapor mixing ratio budgets within a quadrant based framework to demonstrate the processes governing the transition from an asymmetric to more symmetric tropical cyclone.