BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday July 31, 2019 – There is another tropical wave that forecasters are watching, with projections that it could develop into a tropical depression in another week.
It’s currently located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and is producing widespread cloudiness and showers over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.
While no significant development of the system is expected for the next few days while it moves westward at about 15 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami says it has a 50 per cent chance of developing through the next five days.
It said upper-level winds are forecast to gradually become more conducive, and a tropical depression could form by early next week several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
Another tropical wave which developed over the weekend – but has much lower development potential (10 per cent through five days) – continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms stretching from Puerto Rico to the southeastern Bahamas.
That disturbance is forecast to move northwestward to northward during the next several days, producing locally heavy rainfall over portions of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and Florida. Conditions could become marginally conducive for development over the weekend while the system turns northeastward off the southeast US coast.
The next storm to develop during the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will be named Chantal.