Tropics are Heating Up
Just over two weeks ago, NOAA updated its outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season. It said that they were anticipating a better chance for an above-normal season. Well, it looks like they were right. In just the last two weeks, we’ve now seen activity in the tropics ramp up.
Tropical Storm Chantal developed in the Atlantic, making it the third named storm of the season. This storm quickly weakened to a tropical depression and is expected to continue to weaken as it spins in the Atlantic, far from the United States. No landfall is expected from this storm.
But that’s not the only one. There are two other areas or showers and storms that are becoming better organized and will have a good chance to form in the coming days.
A cluster of showers and storms off the east coast of southern Florida is continuing to gain strength. This storm system has a 70 percent chance of formation in the next 48 hours, which is high. This system is expected to scoot along the southeastern United States and give way to showers, thunderstorms, gusty winds, and high surf. However, this storm is still a little young in its development to talk specifics about impacts.
Another area of showers and thunderstorms is in the Atlantic, east of the Leeward Islands. The National Hurricane Center is giving this a 40 percent chance of formation in the next 48 hours, but a 50 percent chance in the next five days. This storm is expected to move west towards the Leeward Islands. However, from there it’s not yet certain if the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico, or north staying in the Atlantic.
We’ll continue to monitor these storms and be sure to update you if anything does change.