First African tropical wave with potential moves into the Atlantic Ocean

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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:15pm

The first tropical wave of the Atlantic hurricane season to move off the coast of Africa shows possible signs of development in the Atlantic Ocean. On Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center or NHC gave it a low chance of development within the next 48-hours. Although, some weather models hint at higher chances further in time.

In forecast discussions on Sunday and Monday, the NHC mentioned the tropical wave over the African borders and the need to monitor its conditions.

"A tropical wave has emerged off the West Coast of Africa about 500 miles east-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands," the NHC said Monday morning. "Environmental conditions are expected to be marginally conducive for some development of this disturbance over the next few days as it moves westward at 10-15 mph."

Typically, July is a quiet period in the tropics, while August and September bring peak occurrences in the average hurricane season.


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