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New Tropical Systems Heading Across Atlantic

August 30, 2013

Forecasters are currently watching two weather systems in the tropical Atlantic; one a tropical wave located less than 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and the other a broad area of low pressure that is about to move off the west coast of Africa.

Although the shower activity associated with the first tropical wave has increased, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the system is heading westward toward a region where the upper level winds are not favourable for development. This system has a low chance (10 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, and a low chance (20 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days.

Meanwhile, a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is about to move off the west coast of Africa, accompanied by a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear to be favourable for some development during the next two or three days while the system moves westward near the Cape Verde Islands at 10 to 15 mph. After that time, the environment is forecast to become less conducive for development as the system moves toward the northwest over the eastern Atlantic.

This system has a medium chance (30 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, and a medium chance (40 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days.

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