Tropical Depression #6 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Fiona today. In addition, there is also a new tropical worth monitoring for development.
Tropical Storm Fiona
As of the 5:00pm EDT advisory Tropical Storm Fiona was located over the far Eastern Atlantic at 15.1 degrees North and 37.8 degrees west. Maximum sustained winds were 4o miles per hour and the minimum central pressure was 1006 millibars.
Forecast for Fiona
Tropical storm Fiona is expected to track generally towards the northwest across the Central Tropical Atlantic over the next few days.
Some strengthening is likely. However, significant strengthening is not expected as dry air and increasing wind shear should limit the strengthening to a degree. Fiona is forecast to hit peak intensity on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
Fiona will not impact any land masses and should go out to sea due to a weakness in the ridge of high pressure currently over the Subtropical Atlantic.
New Wave Worth Monitoring
Another tropical wave is expected to emerge off of the African Coast on Saturday. There are some indications that this wave could gradually develop as it tracks west across the Tropical Atlantic this weekend and early next week.
Conditions are expected to be at least marginally conductive fore development. Wind shear is forecast to be low. However, dry air could be an issue. The latest runs of the GFS, ECMWF, UKMET, CMC, and NAVGEM forecast development of this wave.
As of their 8:00pm EDT tropical Weather Outlook the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 20% chance of developing within the next five days.
It is still too early to know if this wave will impact any land masses let alone the United States.
There are also indications that the Atlantic is entering an active period for tropical development as several more waves could develop over the next 7 – 10 day once they exit Africa.
We will have another update tomorrow.
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