Tropical Storm "Chantal" formed in the North Atlantic Ocean, south of the Newfoundland at 03:00 UTC on August 21, 2019, as the third named storm of the unusually slow 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.
The Atlantic went from July 15 – August 19 with zero named storms, making it the first hurricane season to do so since 1982, said Dr. Philip Klotzbach, Meteorologist at CSU specializing in Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts.
Chantal was named at 40.2°N – the highest latitude named storm formation location for an Atlantic tropical cyclone since Alberto in 1988.
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has yet to have any named storm activity south of 27°N. The most recent Atlantic hurricane season to have activity confined to such high latitudes through August 21 was 2002.
Tropical Storm "Chantal" at 15:00 UTC on August 21, 2019. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East
At 15:00 UTC on August 21, the center of Tropical Storm "Chantal" was located about 730 km (455 miles) S of Cape Race, Newfoundland, Canada.
Its maximum sustained winds were 65 km/h (20 mph) and minimum central pressure 1 009 hPa.
The storm is moving toward the east at 31 km/h (20 mph).
A turn toward the southeast with a decrease in forward speed is expected by Thursday, August 22. A turn toward the south is expected on Friday.
Gradual weakening is expected and Chantal is forecast to become a tropical depression in a couple of days, without affecting any land.
Featured image: Tropical Storm "Chantal" at 15:00 UTC on August 21, 2019. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East
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