[The Weather Channel]
At a Glance
- Tropical Depression Eleven is tracking through the open Atlantic Ocean.
- This system is expected to become Tropical Storm Josephine soon.
- Future Josephine is forecast to track north of the Lesser Antilles, but it could still brush parts of those islands.
- This system should also encounter increasing wind shear by the weekend, resulting in gradual weakening.
Tropical Depression Eleven is tracking through the Atlantic Ocean and is likely to strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine soon, however, this system might face unfavorable conditions for development by the weekend.
The tropical depression is located about midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles and is moving to the west. This westward motion will continue through Wednesday before it tracks more toward the west-northwest.
Conditions are likely to be favorable for this system to gain some strength in the near-term future and it’s forecast to become a tropical storm on Wednesday. This system won’t affect any land areas through at least Friday.
Josephine will be the name given to the next Atlantic tropical storm that forms. If Tropical Depression Eleven or another future system gains this name before Aug. 22, then the Atlantic would have its earliest-forming “J” storm on record, as noted below by Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University.
By this weekend, increasing wind shear should make conditions less favorable for intensification and the National Hurricane Center forecasts weakening to occur.
This system, or what’s left of it, will also likely be located north of Lesser Antilles this weekend, but it could still brush by northeast parts of those islands.
We are heading into the peak of hurricane season, so it’s time to make sure you are prepared for any of the future storms that develop in the months ahead.