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NEW TROPICAL WAVE COULD INTENSIFY

A tropical wave passing south of the local area Wednesday will bring some substantial cloud cover to the region but the possibility of rain is slight. The wave, the remnants of tropical depression two, which developed and dissipated over the past weekend, continues moving off to the west about 20-25 miles per hour. "Its showing no signs of redevelopment at the present time as high level winds are stripping the tops off the wave system," Knight Quality Stations' meteorologist
Alan Archer said Wednesday morning. "We'll see a lot of cloud cover but only one or two sprinkles but no significant rainfall," he added. Doppler radar has indicated only a few scattered light rain showers moving across the Virgin Islands and the BVI early Wednesday.
But Archer cautioned that another westward-moving tropical wave could intensify as it approaches the Virgin Islands over the weekend. The wave is located at 7 degrees north longitude 39 west latitude, about 1,400 miles south of the Windward Islands. "There is a low pressure center associated with the wave but its not really developing now because of the cooler sea surface temperatures," Archer said. Satellite photos however indicate that the wave could feed off of warmer sea temperatures and develop by the time it gets to 50 degrees west latitude , about 900 miles from the Virgin Islands on Saturday. The sea temperatures beyond 50 degrees west latitude are now exceeding 80 degrees.
Wednesday's weather forecast calls for partly sunny, hazy and breezy conditions across the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands with high temperatures in the middle 80s and winds from the east at 15-25 miles per hour and gusty at times. A small craft advisory is in effect for all Caribbean waters and for the off-shore waters of the Atlantic.
A wind advisory that was issued Tuesday night for elevations above 1,000 feet has been cancelled.
Archer's daily forecasts are available by calling 774-4786.

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