Friday 18 September, 2020

NHC monitoring tropical wave heading west

Photo courtesy NHC.

Photo courtesy NHC.

A tropical wave located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands could become a tropical depression during the next few days while it moves westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

The US National Hurricane Center said in an update Sunday that the system has a medium chance of developing over the next few days:

‘Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization.’

‘However, satellite-derived wind data from earlier this morning indicated that the circulation remains elongated.  Environmental conditions appear conducive enough to support additional development of this system, and a tropical depression could form during the next few days while it moves generally westward at 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic.’

‘Conditions are likely to become less conducive for development late this week. Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent. Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.’

The public is urged to follow their local meteorological agencies for further updates.

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