A tropical wave accompanied by a surface low pressure system (Invest 98L) east-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands, is moving north-northwestward and could developed into fourth tropical storm of 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Thunderstorm activity has increased and became better organized by July 22, 3013. Environmental conditions are expected to be favorable for development over the next 48 hours, before becoming less conducive later in the week.
Meteosat-10 satellite image showing western Africa coast and Atlantic Ocean, acquired at 17:15 UTC on July 22, 2013. (Credit: NOAA/METEOSAT)
Derived Total Precipitable Water – North Atlantic – CLICK ON IMAGE TO START AN ANIMATION (Credit: MIMIC-TPW/SSMI/SSMIS/TMI)
Substantial dry air and dust streaming across the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Africa's Sahara Desert could weaken the system. Dust and warm and dry air can reduce system's convection.
Meteosat-9 saharan air layer analysis – July 23, 2013 at 03:00 UTC (Credit: UW/CIMSS/NOAA-HRD)
NOAA/NHC forecasters estimate a medium 40% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves west-northwestward. If the system develops into tropical storm it will be named Dorian. 2013 Atlantic hurricane season had 3 named storms so far – Andrea, Barry and Chantal.
Featured image: Meteosat-10 satellite image showing western Africa coast and Atlantic Ocean, acquired at 17:15 UTC on July 22, 2013. (Credit: NOAA/METEOSAT)
If you value what we do here, open your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!