Monday, September 22, 2008

Forecasters Monitor Tropical Wave In Caribbean

Looks like the nice little tropical lull might be coming to an end.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean near the Lesser Antilles that continues to get better organized.

Center forecasters give the system a medium -- or 20 to 50 percent chance -- of developing into a tropical depression within the next two days. A hurricane hunter is scheduled to investigate it on Sunday “if necessary,” hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said.

Where is it headed? The computer models predict it will aim generally northwest, potentially putting the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and – of course – Florida in its path.

As previously noted, the models can be far off the mark this early in the game.

For now it’s just something to be aware of – particularly since it is relatively close to this region.

The hurricane center also was monitoring another disturbance in the southwestern Caribbean near Nicaragua, giving it a low chance of development.

Source: Sun-Sentinel.Com

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