We use the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) model – Advanced Research WRF (ARW; Skamarock et al., 2008) and apply time-varying point-downscaling (TVPDS; Onderlinde and Nolan, 2017) to a balanced, TC-like vortex, creating an idealized, moderately-shear tropical storm. After allotting the vortex a sufficient amount of time to spin-up and tilt in response to the sheared wind profile, we smoothly transition the vertical wind shear. In a series of sensitivity tests varying the shear transition, we focus on the shear-relative thermodynamic and precipitation evolution. We test the dynamical mechanisms responsible for precipitation symmetry to determine if it’s a cause or a result of vortex alignment. In addition, we examine other environmental influences including the hypothesis that a sheared storm can overcome an unfavorable tilt with higher SSTs. Future work will include additional analyses that break down the components of temperature, water vapor mixing ratio, and vorticity budgets within quadrant based frameworks to demonstrate the processes governing the transition from an asymmetric to more symmetric tropical cyclone.