New Tropical Waves Form in the Eastern Atlantic

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

Aug. 11, 3:45pm

We now have two different tropical waves in the eastern Atlantic that have a good chance to become tropical cyclones.

Both tropical waves have a 40% chance, according to the National Weather Service, of becoming tropical cyclones in the next 48 hours.

Both systems are still very far away from land, but they will need to be watched over the next few days as the get closer to the Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic.

NOTE: The term tropical cyclone refers to any organized tropical system, which could be a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane.

Aug. 10, 9:00pm

The National Hurricane Center recently upgraded the tropical wave in the Atlantic to a medium chance of tropical cyclone development.

Over the last few hours, more convection formed and it's entering an area very favorable for tropical cyclone development.

It's currently moving west at 10-15 mph and will continue on this track at least for the next 24 hours.

It's still very far away from any landmass, but we will monitor it on its trek across the Atlantic.

Right behind it, there is also another tropical wave that will need to be watched for future development.


As the calendar turns to August, forecasters turn their attention to the eastern Atlantic for potential tropical cyclone development.

Right now, a tropical wave is starting to show signs of organization, with a broad area of low pressure, and some convection near the center of circulation.

This will bear watching over the next few days, but in the short term, the National Hurricane Center gives wave a 20% chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

We will keep you updated on the 2011 Hurricane Season right here on WCTV.TV.

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  • by give it a break Location: tally on Aug 11, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    They're telling you about a potential storm. If they didn't tell you and then in a week or so there is a hurricane knocking on your front door, some of you "people" (being nice) would be yelling about not knowing. After katrina, where an entire city watched it come, did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, then yelled "help" from their rooftops after it hit. What do you expect?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to give it a break
      No you're wrong. They're exploiting these storms before they are even capable of threatening the U.S or Florida. Wait until there is a true threat before putting this article out. The Emergency Management people will put up watches, and warnings which will give people plenty of time to prepare. Also just because they are stupid people in the world does not mean that you treat everyone as if they are stupid. Those that were in N.O. during Katrina wouldn't have left if you told them a month in advance, so don't blame this on them.
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        by give it a break on Aug 11, 2011 at 03:13 PM in reply to
        I am not wrong! Since you said it...How are they exploiting the storms? You tell me! How am I wrong that a potential deadly storm moving through the Atlantic heading towards us should not be newsworthy? Explain how the storm is being exploited, and the motives behind it.
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          by copycat on Aug 12, 2011 at 04:46 AM in reply to give it a break
          I know you are but what am i
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      by Tom on Aug 11, 2011 at 03:08 PM in reply to give it a break
      Most of the citizens of New Orleans have lived on entitlements their entire lives. They had a lily-livered mayor who was too stupid to commandeer a few thousand dollars worth of school buses to get the deadbeats out of town. New Orleans had three day's warnings and ignored them. Tropical waves drift through the ITCZ all the time and seldom become more than that. No "warning" is necessary at that point. We'll get plenty of notice when it becomes necessary. Some of us will follow the doctrine of personal responsibility and the welfare deadbeats will expect to be rescued, as ussual.
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        by give it a break on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:05 AM in reply to Tom
        I agree...I really don't take them as a warning. I take them as "hello, I'm here, stay tuned"...Would we rather wait for a person on the east coast of Florida standing on the beach with his wet finger in the air to say..."hey, the wind is starting to blow"? I figure you wouldn't, you are one of the sane commenters that regularly visit this site. Tom in Madison, right? If not, hello. :)
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    OMG! Beware!!! Panic now or forever hold your peace. The weather channels will glorify it until the cows come home.
  • by Tom Location: TLH on Aug 10, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    Can't imagine why, this being hurricane season an' all. This is news?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    Even if it does continue to strengthen, and become a hurricane, it is still 10 days or more away. Please let us know next Wednesday what it is doing. Until then, I'm going on about my life.
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      by Larry on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:49 PM in reply to
      No, No you must live in Fear don't you know that is the true mission of todays Media!!!!
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