Large Wave Moving Towards Lesser Antilles; T'storms Still Near Bahamas....
Take note of the ragged cut-off & bad data over the far E. Atlantic. The problem is that the GOES-13 satellite is malfunctioning. Work is ongoing but for the time being the satellite -- GOES-15 -- that usually covers the Western U.S. & parts of the Pacific has been moved east to cover more of the Atlantic Basin. Click here for info. from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Studies (CIMSS) & to view other satellite sectors.
A large cluster of disorganized t'storms continues near & east of the Bahamas. Some slow development is still possible though a good deal of shear at the moment should limit organization in the short term. The weak low will eventually get steered north then northeast well to the east of Fl. & the E. Coast of the U.S.
A large tropical wave is in the Central Atlantic & will be soon approaching the Lesser Antilles. Some forecast models do indicate development in the long range -- by this weekend or next week as the system moves into the Western Atlantic. Early indications are that this system would take a fairly sharp northward turn on its approach to the Eastern Caribbean &/or Puerto Rico. If accurate, the system would stay well east of Fl.