Tracking the Tropics: Strong Wave In Eastern Atlantic

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

This Atlantic hurricane season will not be nearly as active as last year’s according to forecasters

"The tropical and subtropical Atlantic is now much colder than normal, and the odds of a weak El Niño developing in the next several months have increased", the new forecast reads.

This year the hurricane season includes the names: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

Tropical Storm Beryl has picked up speed in movement, but not winds, according to Sunday's 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. So for the 5 days, the storm poses no threats to the First Coast. "Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles [55 km] from the center".

While Chris is not forecast to move over the next several days, Tropical Storm Beryl is moving west-northwestward toward the Lesser Antilles.

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes, according to NOAA.

Maximum sustained winds for Tropical Storm Beryl were lowered to 60 miles per hour - from its peak at 75 miles per hour - as the storm continued on a west-northwest direction. Winds as strong as gale force can be expected along the North Carolina coast and the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds over the next 24 hours.

The NHC's forecast discussion advises, however, that Beryl's small size means "there is greater uncertainty than usual regarding Beryl's intensity forecast".

A tropical depression has formed west of Bermuda as Hurricane Beryl continues its path towards the Caribbean.

"Beryl is a tiny tropical storm". The depression is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Beryl moved rapidly westward early Saturday, heading for the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

The second tropical cyclone of the North Atlantic Hurricane season formed in the Central Atlantic Ocean and far from land.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that the storm was likely to strengthen.

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Beryl could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday.

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