More Trouble In The Tropics?


Our weather team has our eyes on two potential developing tropical waves in the Central Atlantic Ocean. As the National Hurricane Center has put a low chance on the first wave they have also put a medium chance on the second wave behind it. Could we be looking at an active tropics next week? As I explain below in pics on the 2 of the biggest things that can interrupt any development of any tropical cyclones then you can see why we were quiet this past week in the Caribbean besides Hermine. 

1. SAL or Saharan Air Layer aka dust from the Saharan Desert 

2. Dry air 

These two things can choke off a developing tropical cyclone but that could change next week as we see moist air and lower SAL in that same area giving a better chance of tropical development. We will keep you posted. 



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Could you please explain the history and also the value of Doppler Radar in weather forecasting?


    1. Erika Martin says:

      Are you meaning history of hurricanes.


  2. To clarify, the history and development of the first Weather Radar & their use as a valuable tool in weather forecasting. Thank you! Heinrich


  3. I work in the Smithsonian collections archive department, and I love to follow extreme weather when I am not working. I thoroughly enjoy your forecasts and especially your storm chasing adventures. Thank you! Heinrich


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