Tropical Depression Four likely to dissipate by weekend

Eyes on a disturbance that could become tropical storm

It was not expected to strengthen to a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center says.

The cone of error depicts a potential path heading northwest toward the general vicinity of the eastern Caribbean.

"A warmer-than-normal tropical Atlantic is generally associated with lower surface pressures, increased mid-level moisture and weaker trade winds, creating a more conducive dynamic and thermodynamic environment for hurricane formation and intensification", said CSU.

A few storms could be severe, with damaging winds the primary threat.

NHC forecasters expect little change in strength during the next 48 hours, and the depression is not now expected to become a tropical storm. Four is expected to become post-tropical by Sunday.

Our fourth Tropical system of the year has developed. It had top sustained winds of 30 miles per hour.




The term "tropical cyclone" is an umbrella term that refers to tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. A system must attain top sustained winds of 39 miles per hour to become a tropical storm and 74 miles per hour to become a hurricane.

"We've always been able to see many or most of the steering factors or steering features in the atmosphere, and we get better at it all the time", he said.

The National Hurricane Center has been watching the unorganized cluster of storms since late last week.

The Atlantic Hurricane season begins in June and ends in November each year. If it defies expectations and intensifies to a tropical storm, it would be named Don. Three named storms have formed so far this hurricane season, which doesn't normally occur until August 13th!

"As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them", the report said.

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