Hurricane forecaster eying three disturbances

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, August 30, 2007 – Forecasters are monitoring three disturbances which have the potential to develop in the next few days.

Two are associated with tropical waves – one in the Atlantic and another in the Bay of Campeche – and a non-tropical low of the southeast United States.

The National Hurricane Centre a tropical wave located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands is producing showers and a few thunderstorms and upper level winds are expected to become more favourable for development over the next day or two as the system moves westward around 15mph. At 2am EST this wave was located around 48 degrees west with a 1013mb low along it at 11 degrees north.

The other tropical wave producing cloudiness and showers in the Bay of Campeche has some potential for development before it moves over Mexico on the weekend, they said.

The non-tropical low is located about 330 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida and the Miami-based hurricane centre said winds could become a little more favourable for a tropical cyclone to form during the next day or two and an air force plane is scheduled to investigate the system on Thursday. The low is expected to drift southward or southeast.

The most “productive period” of the hurricane season occurs during a 60-day window between August 15 and October 15 when tropical cyclones tend to form in the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.