August 23, 2010

Depression Strengthens into Tropical Storm Danielle

Tropical Depression 6 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Danielle, and will continue to intensify into the next Atlantic hurricane in the upcoming days.

Tropical Storm Danielle was centered about 850 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands at 5 a.m. EDT. Danielle was moving to the northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

Strong winds high in the atmosphere, also known as wind shear, prevented Tropical Depression 6 from becoming better organized and intensifying earlier in the weekend.

That wind shear lessened enough Sunday for the formation of Tropical Storm Danielle Sunday afternoon.

Danielle will then further strengthen into a hurricane around midweek.

Danielle will reach hurricane strength over the open waters of the Atlantic, where it will remain through late week.

Beyond that time, the exact track of Danielle is far from etched in stone.

The cold front set to bring dramatic cooling to the northern Plains on Monday could steer the future-hurricane to the north, then east next week. This scenario would bring Danielle close to Bermuda, but keep it from the United States.

By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist –

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