Atlantic heats up as seventh tropical depression forms
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday August 9, 2012 - August continues to be a busy month for the 2012 atlantic hurricane season with the formation of another tropical depression.
The latest National Hurricane Center advisory places tropical depression seven near 13.7 north 43.8 west or about 1155 miles east of the Windward Islands and is moving to the west at 20 MPH.
"Interests in the Windward Islands should monitor the progress of this system" the NHC report said.
The 5pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center indicates that "the maximum sustained winds are 30 mph with higher gusts and slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours."
The estimated minimum central pressure for the system has dropped to 1010 mb.
According to Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season is expected to see about 13 named storms, including 5 hurricanes, with two of them being major.