August 14, 2009

Triad of Systems Churning in the Atlantic

There are currently three tropical systems brewing over the Atlantic Ocean that meteorologists are monitoring.

Weather conditions could favor the development of one or more of these systems into this season's first tropical storm.

The first system is currently located near Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos islands and the southern Bahamas.

Showers and thunderstorms will dampen these islands as well as Jamaica and Cuba today with drenching showers and gusty thunderstorms. Increased showers and storms can be expected along the Gulf Coast this weekend as the system heads into the Gulf of Mexico.

The other two features are currently churning over the middle of the Atlantic. These systems could take aim at the East Coast next week.

Wind shear and dry air have been hindering development, but conditions for development will improve as the systems move over very warm waters.

While unlikely, by early next week there could be as many as three active named Atlantic Basin systems: Ana, Bill and Claudette.

Residents and vacationers along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts should check back for updates on the systems. At the very least, waves will build along the coasts as well as the threat for rip currents.

By Katie Storbeck

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