Watching T.D. Nine
As of 5 am on this Tuesday morning the area of low pressure we have been watching over the Atlantic for days was declared Tropical Depression Nine. This system is forecasted to strengthening to a Tropical Storm as early as this afternoon when that occurs the next name on the list is Isaac. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft is scheduled to investigate the depression this afternoon. This system is one WE NEED TO WATCH!! The forecast cone has this system racing westward headed to the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday and into Thursday. Once the system moves into the very warm waters of the Caribbean Sea it is forecast to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane by the end of the week and possibly a Category 2 system by the weekend. This is where things get tricky! Models are uncertain of the forecast path past this weekend, some models have it moving here into South Florida, others have it moving over the Bahamas.
Again, there's no time like the present to prepare. Remember it only takes one!
The National Hurricane Center is also watching two other areas in the tropics:
One is a well-defined area of low pressure located 425 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Showers and storms continue to show signs of organization and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two. This system has a high chance 60% chance of tropical cyclone development.
The last area is disorganized showers and storms located near the northeastern coast of Mexico. Slow development is possible so the NHC is giving this area a medium 30% chance of tropical cyclone development in the next 48 hours.
Our local forecast calls for sun and clouds with afternoon scattered showers and storms. We are expecting drier weather to move in by mid-week. With limited rain and tons of sunshine we will end the week very hot and humid as we wait to watch where T.D.Nine goes.
Keep it tuned to the Storm Station for the latest,
Wsvn Morning Meteorologist