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2018 Atlantic tropical depression/storm/hurricane tracks so far:
A persistent area of "disturbed" weather - a large cluster of showers & t'storms with an active tropical wave - 96-L - continues moving west several hundred miles east of Puerto Rico. Some gradual development is possible upon approach to the Northern Lesser Antilles & Southeast Bahamas over the next several days. From there it looks like a move more north to the east of Florida then finally a recurve to the northeast upon a merger with a cold front late this week into the weekend.
So tropical development - possibly "Patty" - with this system is something to watch. It does appear mid & upper level shear will be rather strong which should limit the overall intensity of '96-L'. With movement east of the U.S. east coast, it would appear any impacts on Jacksonville & the local area would be minimal.
Forecast model spaghetti plots for Central Atlantic disturbance - '96-L' (lack of tracks because some models do not show development at this point):
Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear:
The Atlantic Basin.....
Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air):
Deep oceanic heat content is still high over the N. Central & NW Caribbean....
Sea surface temp. anomalies:
SE U.S. surface map:
Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic:
Surface analysis of the Gulf:
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