TROPICAL DEPRESSION 6 FORMS..
FORECAST TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM TONIGHT
SYSTEM IN THE FAR EASTERN ATLANTIC MOVING WESTWARD
Satellite pictures this afternoon show that the potential tropical cyclone has become organized and has reached tropical depression status. It is likely to become a tropical storm tonight and it will be designated Tropical Storm Florence.Weather models are all in agreement on a west or west northwest course over the next several days and some strengthening along the way. Once it completes its pass south of the Cabo Verde Islands this system is no threat to land as it is along way from any land areas.
We could be at the beginning of a rather active period for tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin. Weather models all seem to at least suggest some tropical systems along the way. The European map above for next Saturday show 3 tropical systems on the map of varying strength. Note however that the European has been a little too bullish lately so we view the specifics with skepticism. However I think it has the general idea correct.
WIDE ATLANTIC TROPICAL SATELLITE
WESTERN ATLANTIC TROPICAL SATELLITE
One other system is on our radar tonight and that is a tropical wave moving over Hispaniola with disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It is headed west northwestward and will be in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week. There are some hints of development on the European model today though the other models seem less bullish on the idea. The upper air suggests development is possible with lower than normal pressures across the Gulf of Mexico and light wind conditions aloft. Regardless of development it looks like some of the rains from this will be moving over Florida late Sunday and Monday.
THANKS TO TROPICAL TIDBITS FOR THE USE OF MAPS
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