Before the height of the hurricane season, AccuWeather meteorologists closely monitor the Atlantic basin for signs of development, and there are some places near the US that need to be monitored over the next few weeks.
The tropical storm Chantal formed late Monday evening over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic. Chantal has since weakened to tropical depression. This storm poses no threat to the country, but will create a zone of rough seas and gusts for ships moving through the area.
When Chantal was named, since 1
This Loop of Tropical Storms #Chantal was captured today, August 21, 2019, from #GOESEast over the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.This is the third named storm of this year's Atlantic Season #hurricane [19459014Additionalimages:https://tco/cAINIXg2Lx pic.twitter.com/ux7lb5pyVh
– NOAA satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 21, 2019
"We are at the most probable time of the year for tropical development over the Atlantic Basin and any feature that can achieve low circulation may also develop into an organized tropical feature," said the AccuWeather Hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.
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The rains and gusts associated with this feature are expected to drift north toward the upper Gulf Coast this weekend
although this feature does not pose a threat to strong winds and storm surges It is likely that enough rain will fall to end the flood as it flows inland across the southern United States.
Part of the upper Gulf coas It was hit by heavy rainfall in a non-tropical feature in the first part of this week.
There is little chance that the Gulf feature will reach the depression status before land movement, as the wind shear is expected to significantly exceed its path over the warm water.
Another area that drew the attention of forecasters is an accumulation of thunderstorms over the eastern and southern Bahamas, accompanied by a weak disturbance that occurred this week.
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This picture, taken on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, shows a series of showers and thunderstorms in the Bahamas with Florida on the left. (NOAA / GOES- East)
"Sea surface temperatures are warm enough for development, but wind shear is likely to hamper development into this weekend," added Kottlowski.
A front along the southeastern coast is forecast to stall This weekend a storm can form on this front.  "It's possible these features will grow together and slowly spawn a tropical system next week," Kottlowski said.
Beach and cruise interests should monitor the situation as offshore tropical storms may require little time to prepare for direct impacts such as swell, rough surf, and possibly something heavy.
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The exact movement of this system is uncertain until it actually forms. The proximity to the coast and the steering winds, however, could guide such a feature on land to the United States.
In the meantime, every few days more and more thunderstorms will move from Africa to the west. These tropical waves form the backbone of the hurricane season.
This image, taken on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, shows much of the tropical Atlantic basin with Africa on the right, South America across the lower middle and the Caribbean Sea and southeast the USA to the top left. At that time, cloud masses associated with showers and thunderstorms lack organization. (NOAA / GOES-East)
As the amount of dry air, dust and wind shear over the pool gradually decreases over the next few weeks, not only does the potential for tropical development increase, but it may also increase the risk of explosive organization and reinforcement of newly formed systems.
The next names on the list of tropical storms in the Atlantic are Dorian and Erin.
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