Like a deadly heat wave continues to take over much of the United States and Kentucky suffers ‘devastating’ floodingothers are grateful that the tropics remain calm as we weather the last days of July.
Saharan dust across the Atlantic basin is holding back tropical development. Two out of three tropical waves in the Atlantic are embedded in dust.
The dry, dusty air that escapes from the Sahara Desert in Africa can travel thousands of miles, usually in late spring, summer and early fall.
Heat, dryness, and strong winds associated with dust clouds have been shown to suppress or weaken tropical cyclones.
In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Frank is strengthening and is expected to become a hurricane later today.
Few changes in strength are predicted for Tropical Storm Georgettelocated west-northwest of Frank, off the west coast of Mexico.
Here is the latest update from the NHC as of 2 a.m. on July 29:
What is it and where are they?
Tropical Wave 1: A tropical wave off the African coast northeast of Cape Verde is moving west at 30 km/h. It is embedded in the Saharan dust.
Tropical Wave 2: A tropical wave in the central Atlantic lies between Cape Verde and the British Virgin Islands. It is moving west at 19 mph. It is also embedded in the Saharan dust.
Tropical Wave 3: A third tropical wave is located northeast of Puerto Rico. It is moving west at 17 mph.
Who is likely to be impacted?
It is too early at this time to determine if tropical waves will impact the United States.
Forecasters urge all residents to continue to monitor the tropics and always be prepared during what is expected to be an active hurricane season.
Weather watch and warning issued for your area
The next five days
See the National Hurricane Center’s five-day graphical tropical weather forecast below.
Forecast of excessive precipitation
What’s over there?
Systems currently monitored by the National Hurricane Center.
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