Tropical Depression Nine has formed off the cost of Africa. So far, model guidance has suggested rapid intensification of this system. However, the westward trajectory is subject to change. Forecast models are calling for an upper level ridge of high pressure to develop to its east and an upper level low to develop over the Canary Islands. Each with its respective circulations, are forecasted to bring the storm sharply toward the north and eventually dying out in the Atlantic. Significant wind shear aloft in the central Atlantic has really been helping to keep this hurricane season quiet. While we are in the peak of hurricane season and so far have yet to see a hurricane, remember that we still have much of the season to go through and even a seemingly quiet year can bring a storm strong enough to mess up anyone's year. We will continue to monitor this storm and the rest of the tropics here at News Channel 5.
For a continued look into the tropics, follow the link below to the First Alert Hurricane Center.