Hurricane season heating up: Three disturbances worth watching in Atlantic

Michele Moreno
August 18, 2017

Forecasters are monitoring three tropical waves that could develop in the Atlantic over the next five days. The "L" represents potential formation for the Atlantic Ocean. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this wave while it moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 miles per hour or 24 km/h during the next several days. They are expected to be heavy at times, with strong gusty winds and torrential rainfall. This system already has a weak circulation.

Gert was also expected to cause a series of rapid changes in water levels in harbours and inlets in eastern Newfoundland for a few hours late Thursday afternoon or evening. This could bring the system into central America, but it's still too far out to guarantee.

Steering winds are likely to guide the second area of disturbed weather farther north than 91L.

"All we're expecting is some high seas today (Tuesday), diminishing tomorrow (Wednesday)", Mr. Saavedra said.

Some dry air has become drawn into 92 L, which could hinder its development for a time.

London and the south of England could enjoy a blast of tropical warm air as the remnants of the hurricane now tracking east from Bermuda.

Hurricane Franklin became the first hurricane of the 2017 season last week.

These 3 disturbances are given numbers for computer tracking purposes, and are then called invests (short for investigations).

At this time, 92L represents the greatest potential for approaching the USA or its coastal waters next week.

The next wave in line in the eastern Atlantic is Invest 92L. The system was headed west, northwest at about 20 miles per hour.

Unsettled weather will return for Friday and the weekend.

The good news is that this system is no direct threat to the United States, Bermuda or Atlantic Canada as it accelerates northeast, eventually getting caught up in the jet stream over the north Atlantic Ocean. Gradual development of this system is possible before weekend. Westward movement will continue.

Nobody panic. Ireland is often subject to the tail end of hurricanes moving eastwards from the Atlantic.

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