Next Tropical Storm Brewing in the Atlantic?
A new tropical storm could be brewing in the Atlantic for the first time in over a month as the Atlantic season moves into its peak.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida is keeping a close eye on a tropical wave about 500 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands for potential tropical development this week. In its 2pm EDT update on Sunday, the NHC put a 50 percent chance of the wave developing into a tropical depression in the next two days and a 60 percent chance for development in the next five.
The storm is several days if not a week or more away from impacting the Caribbean, but model guidance appears to take it into the northern Lesser Antilles by then, although plenty could change by then. The question is whether it will be a simple tropical wave, a tropical storm or perhaps even a hurricane by that point.
If the storm were to acquire a name, it’d be Danny, the Atlantic’s fourth named storm of the year, following Ana, Bill and Claudette. The Atlantic hasn’t seen a hurricane so far this year, however, the peak of hurricane season typically runs from mid-August through early October, so there’s still plenty of time for storms to develop.
From a broader standpoint, the tropical wave’s greatest significance could be the official beginning of the so-called ‘Cape Verde season’, a reference to the island chain off the African coast where Atlantic storms develop during the heart of tropical season. With well over a thousand miles of warm Atlantic ocean waters for tropical systems to move through after their initial development point near the African coastline, tropical systems often mature into potent tropical storms or hurricanes when they form in the eastern Atlantic during Cape Verde season.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this storm and the Atlantic hurricane season.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi