Time to Tame Tropical Storm Talk
Here is the location of TD #4 as of 9am local time
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 11:32AM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, July 6, 2017 11:47AM ADT
Did you ever have one of those days when you feel like you just can’t win? Yesterday, social media “friends” were on the attack. Wondering why I had not mentioned the possible tropical storm heading our way. Apparently, something to that affect was tweeted out earlier this week from another media source. Rest assured, if I thought there was a tropical storm heading our way, I would certainly have mentioned it.
Since people are still asking, here’s what’s going on:
A few days ago, an area of instability was observed over the tropical Atlantic. It was just off the Cape Verde Islands. I’ve been watching it closely ever since.
Last night the parcel of energy did become a little more organized and can now be referred to as a tropical depression. Tropical depressions become tropical storms when the average sustained wind reaches 63 km/h. That’s when it gets a name. Right now, it is known as TD #4.
At noon, the area of instability sits 2100 km east if the Lesser Antilles; 3500 km from here as the crow flies! It is moving towards the WNW at 28 km/h. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 km/h. It is expected to continue on its WNW track with an increase in forward speed and little change in strength over the next 48 hours.
There is a fine line between staying informed and crying wolf. I will keep an eye on this system. Should anything change, you’ll be the first to know!
PS: Had this pulse of energy intensified to become a tropical storm, it would have been TS Don.