T.D. #16 Forms East of the Bahamas; Large Wave Approaching the Caribbean....
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.
Low pressure east of the Bahamas has become tropical depression #16. A combination of low level west/southwesterly winds & upper level northeast wind should keep the system from becoming vertically aligned. Therefore, no signficant strengthening is expected. The shallow low will drift southwest but should dissipated before reaching the Bahamas. Even so....there will be some gusty winds for the Central & SE Bahamas & occasional heavy showers & t'storms.
A large tropical wave continues to approach the Lesser Antilles. Development remains possible by this weekend or next week as the system moves near the E/NE Caribbean & then 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. but bring heavy rain & gusty winds to parts of the Lesser Antilles & possibly eventually Puerto Rico.