ORLANDO, Fla. – And just like that, hurricane season is again top of mind.
The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday is now keeping tabs on two potential systems, two of which have a chance of developing tropical characteristics as they churn far away from Florida.
The closest to the Sunshine State is a tropical wave over the central Atlantic, where it is producing a broad area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to be marginally conducive for some slow development east of the Lesser Antilles by early next week while the disturbance moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. The wave has a 20% chance to develop over the next five days, the NHC said.
Meanwhile, another tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa by late Thursday. Environmental conditions appear somewhat conducive for some slow development over the far eastern Atlantic through the weekend into early next week while the system moves generally west at about 15 mph. The wave has a 10% chance of tropical development over the next two days and a 50% chance of tropical development over the next five days.
Elsewhere, a small area of low pressure, with limited shower and thunderstorm activity, is meandering over or near the Cabo Verde Islands, the NHC wrote in its latest advisory. Significant development of this system is not expected during the next day or so due to unfavorable environmental conditions.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday updated its hurricane forecast, continuing to predict a busier than normal hurricane season. NOAA says it expects 15-21 named storms in 2021, with 7-10 of those storms becoming hurricanes and 3-5 becoming major hurricanes.
The next named storm will be called Fred.
Hurricane season runs through November.