Tracking the Tropics: Tuesday tracking

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Tracking the Tropics: Tuesday tracking

CREATED Sep. 3, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - From a very quiet tropical Atlantic to fairly active in just a few days time, we now have three areas that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring.

The closest to home is an area of low pressure producing a broad area of showers and thunderstorms in the Eastern Caribbean across the Lesser Antilles.  Light wind shear wold be conducive to additional development but there is dry air in the mid and upper levels of the  atmosphere that are inhibiting deep thunderstorm development.  

As the system continues to move northwestward at about ten miles per hour, it appears conditions will be more favorable for additional development.  At this point, the Hurricane Center has given this area of disturbed weather a 50% chance for development over the next five days.

A wave moving across the Yucatan Peninsula has a 30% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days, but will have no impact on Southwest Florida.

About 4,000 miles away, coming off the coast of Africa is an area of low pressure.  Over the next few days, we will watch this for tropical development, although chances right now are about 20% with the wave taking a more northerly track across the Atlantic.