Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tropical depression struggling; new wave rolls off Africa

From Ken Kaye's Storm Center:


Tropical Depression 2 hasn’t strengthened much in the past 12 hours, thanks to dry air enveloping it as well as wind shear.

At 11 a.m. today, the system was in the eastern Atlantic, 535 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. It was moving west at 12 mph with sustained winds of 35 mph. It still is projected to become a tropical storm over the next day – as it only needs another 4 mph to do so.

The forecast track has been shifted a bit farther to the west. That projection still would keep the storm clear of the Lesser Antilles and possibly the U.S. coast.

Considering the models keep shifting farther west and south, the future track remains uncertain....MORE