SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The long-term weather forecast doesn’t show any tropical development off the coast of Africa near the Cabo Verde Islands for the next 10-days. This specific area that lies between the African coast and the Caribbean is considered a breathing ground for storm development as has been the case with the four current active storm systems.
The Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Atmospheric Science on Thursday in its recent forecast expects that the next two weeks will be characterized by near-normal amounts of hurricane activity.
The first two weeks of September have been very busy with four systems currently active, namely Florence, Helene, Isaac and Joyce.
CSU says the period from September 13 to 26, “The hurricane season is quite active during this time period climatology. The primary threat formation area for major hurricanes in mid-to-late September is in the tropical Atlantic east of the Leeward and Windward Islands.”
Tropical Storm Isaac is now in the Caribbean Sea after crossing the Lesser Antilles on Thursday. Watches and warnings were lifted on Thursday afternoon by the various meteorological services.
Late Thursday afternoon the National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated that there was still a threat of heavy rainfall for several Caribbean islands, namely Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Isaac weakened further with 40 mile per hour sustained winds; it has slowed down and is forecast to weaken and degenerate into a tropical wave during the next few days.
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