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August 14, 2009

Tropics get interesting

Atlantic storm 2

Lots of activity in the tropics Friday morning, although nothing, as yet, that qualifies as a tropical storm or even a significant threat to the U.S. mainland.

Topping the list is a strengthening storm system off the Cape Verde Islands (circled in red) in the far eastern tropical Atlantic. This region has been the nursery for many of the major storms that have eventually visited the U.S., so it gets lots of attention from forecasters.

The storm brewing there now is becoming increasingly well-organized, and is given a "high" chance - better-than-50 percent - of becoming a tropical storm in the next two days. Here is the latest on this system.   

Just to the west of that storm are the remnants of Tropical Depression 2, (circled in orange) which we have noted in earlier posts. It has degenerated, but forecasters say there remains some chance it could pull itself together in the coming days. The likelihood of that, however, is put at less than 50 percent.

Last on the list is a tropical wave between the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas that is producing lots of thunderstorms in the region, but shows little sign of getting organized. It is drifting to the west or northwest - toward Florida - but is given less than a 30-percent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next two days.

Ever visited NASA's hurricane page? Here it is.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:43 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Hurricanes

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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