Published: Thu, August 01, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Tropical wave bringing moisture as it approaches Central Florida

Tropical wave bringing moisture as it approaches Central Florida

The flash flood watch will remain in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Wednesday evening because of a tropical wave that has been passing through the region since late Sunday.

That disturbance is forecast to move northwestward to northward during the next several days, producing locally heavy rainfall over portions of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and Florida.

Closer to Florida, the second tropical wave that's been sliding past the Dominican Republic is still not likely to develop as it moves northwest.

However, conditions that on Tuesday were questionable for tropical development are now forecast to become more conducive for development over the weekend. They now say there is a "high chance" that the system will become a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

Along with it, another system is moving up along Florida's east coast where it will drop heavy rain for the next two days.

There could be a new tropical depression in the Atlantic by this weekend. Conditions are only slightly favorable for a tropical system to form. The tropical wave that lifts north into the area could organize further.

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A system has to have a closed center of circulation and winds of at least 39 miles per hour to become a tropical storm and get a name.

In its 8 p.m. Wednesday update, the NHC said the tropical wave is producing a large area of cloudiness and shower activity several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The most active part of the hurricane season often begins in August.

It is way too soon to say whether this tropical system will affect the United States.

Both the USA global model (GFS) and the European global (ECMWF) - widely considered to be two of the best models in the tropics - predict the tropical wave to become a depression or named storm some time this weekend.

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