While it's been remarkably quiet in the tropical Atlantic basin for the past month, things are heating up and about to get interesting.
As I've talking about on-air for several days now, the cluster of storms coming off the west coast of Africa last week and now over the middle / eastern Atlantic, has become better organized and is now our fourth tropical depression of the season.
In time, environmental conditions look to be conducive for additional development, and it seems plausible that "TD #4" will at some point – perhaps even later today - become Tropical Storm Danny.
At midday Tuesday, the center of Tropical Depression Four was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 36.5 West. That's about 1600 miles east of the Leeward Islands (far eastern Caribbean).
The depression is moving toward the west at 10-15 mph, and a general westward motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest later tonight or on Wednesday (see track graphic).
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, but with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today.
Even though the season has been fairly quiet thus far, and it not expected to be overly-active as a whole, we are quickly approaching the peak of the season and so this is not at all unexpected.
Stay tuned to WBTV and www.wbtv.com for the very latest from the tropics and your First Alert Weather Forecast.
- Al Conklin