NHC: Mid-Atlantic Tropical Wave Unlikely to Develop Over Next Five Days

Satellite photo shows a tropical wave, roughly a third of the way to the right, midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Windward Islands. (NOAA photo)
Satellite photo shows a tropical wave, roughly a third of the way to the right, midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Windward Islands. (NOAA photo)

A tropical wave midway across the Atlantic has little chance of developing into a major tropical weather system over the next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

While the eyes of meteorologists were focused over the weekend on the Gulf of Mexico and the slow progress of Hurricane Barry, a tropical wave quietly began moving towards the Caribbean.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday the wave was midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Windward Islands. However, the forecasters at the NHC predicted little chance of development in the next week.

“Environmental conditions appear to be unfavorable for the formation of a tropical depression, and development, if any, of the wave will be slow to occur while it moves westward at 15 to 20 mph during the next couple of days,” according to the 8 a.m. Saturday forecast, which was prepared by NHC meteorologist David Zelinsky.

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The report gave the system only a 10 percent chance of developing during the next five days.

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