August 10, 2012

Tropical Storm Gordon Could Form by Tonight

Tropical Depression Seven could become Tropical Storm Gordon before bringing drenching downpours and squalls to the Windward and Leeward islands this weekend. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph. Slow strengthening is expected over the next 48 hours. The depression has the potential to become a tropical storm on Friday.

According to Tropical Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski, "While a large mass of dry air will continue to mitigate the system's strength in the short term, warm water and weak wind shear farther west could allow for modest development in the days ahead."

Conditions could become more favorable for strengthening into a tropical storm by tonight. At this time, we do not expect a quick ramp-up through hurricane intensity levels. However, while the system is oriented about the same latitude as Ernesto was, it appears to be slightly more organized and perhaps slightly farther north. Through the weekend at least, we should see a similar path to Ernesto with the same swift steering wind conditions.
By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist –

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