We now have our third named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Tropical storm Chantal has developed in the North Atlantic since the 10 PM CDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center on August 20, 2019.
Chantal is now a tropical depression and is forecast to weaken as it moves eastward across the North Atlantic. As it moves west it will eventually begin to lose it’s tropical characteristics and will become post-tropical by the weekend.
Tropical depression Chantal is not any threat to land and is not a threat to the United States. This is the first named storm since we’ve had in the Atlantic in over a month.
There is also an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located over the central and northwestern Bahamas (image below). This has a low chance of development into anything tropical and it will not affect our forecast at this time.
Other than Chantal and the area in the Bahamas, the tropics are quiet and are expected to stay that way.