Tropics begin to stir
It looks like Tropical Storm Debbie will continue spinning far out over the Atlantic. It's highest sustained winds are now 50 mph. But Debby appears to be doomed to wander the Atlantic, and doesn't seem likely to become a threat to land.
But we're now in what is statistically the most active period of the Atlantic hurricane season, and trouble finally appears to be stirring near the Windward Islands.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are watching a tropical wave that is approaching the islands, near the north coast of South America. It is likely to become a tropical storm shortly, and perhaps the season's first hurricane. Here is this morning's Tropical Weather Outlook:
"SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT THE STRONG TROPICAL WAVE APPROACHING THE WINDWARD ISLANDS REMAINS WELL-ORGANIZED AND HEAVY SQUALLS ARE BEGINNING TO SPREAD OVER THESE ISLANDS. SINCE CONDITIONS APPEAR TO BE FAVORABLE FOR A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OR A TROPICAL STORM TO FORM LATER TODAY...INTERESTS IN THE WINDWARD ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM. AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO INVESTIGATE THE SYSTEM THIS AFTERNOON."
Here is what it looks like from orbit.