Three Atlantic systems to watch

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 4, 2021—After a relatively quiet tropical July, three tropical areas have been identified by the National Hurricane Center as we enter the peak months of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The first, a small area of weak low pressure passing near the Cabo Verde Islands, is not expected to develop due to unfavorable environmental conditions.

This system is forecast to move northwest over cooler waters, ending its development chances, according to the NHC.

Some slow development is, however, expected from a second tropical wave located over the central tropical Atlantic that popped up with this morning’s NHC update.

Environmental conditions are expected to be favorable for slow development east of the Lesser Antilles by Sunday and early into next week while the disturbance moves west-northwest.

It has a near-zero chance of development during the next 48 hours and a low 20 percent chance during the next five days, according to the NHC.

The third area of interest is a large tropical low over Africa.

This low is expected to move off the west coast of Africa by late tomorrow.

Environmental conditions are favorable for slow development as it moves over the far eastern Atlantic through the weekend and into early next week.

This system has a 30 percent chance of development through the next five days.

Should a tropical storm form from one of these systems, it will be named Fred.

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