MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – After an exceptionally quiet period in the Atlantic Basin marked by plumes of Saharan dust and high wind shear, things are changing with the emergence of a new tropical wave.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is now monitoring an organized tropical wave sitting south of the Cabo Verde Islands. The system, now being classified as Invest 97L, will continue moving west over the next few days. It has a low (30%) chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm in the next 5 days.
The environment will be conducive for this wave to organize over the next five to seven days. Regardless of organization, the system will continue on a westward track approaching the Lesser Antilles by next Sunday.
BOTTOM LINE…This is of no imminent concern for the Gulf Coast. We will continue to monitor this disturbance over the next week. If it does develop into a tropical storm, it will be given the name Danielle.