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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