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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, July 21, 2024


Meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a westward moving tropical wave that could form a tropical depression as it moves closer to the Eastern Caribbean later this week.
On Monday, the wave located at 12 degrees north latitude and 52 west longitude contained a well-developed low pressure center but no showers and thunderstorms to further propel its development. Knight Quality Stations meteorologist Alan Archer said Monday morning, “The showers associated with this wave are lacking, probably because of an intrusion of drier air into the low pressure center."
The wave could become more significant in the next four to five days as it approaches the region.
Another westward moving tropical wave, at 52 west longitude, remains very weak. The showers associated with it are on a line from 9 to 10 degrees north latitude. The wave, about 600 miles east of the Windward Islands, could bring increasing winds from the northeast to the Virgin Islands on Tuesday.
With high pressure in control of weather across the area, look for daytime highs in the upper 80's and overnight lows in the upper 70's. "There is a 20-30 percent chance of hit and miss showers at anytime from the east through Wednesday," Archer said.
The marine forecast calls for winds from the east at 10-15 knots with seas 2 to 3 feet near shore and 3 to 5 feet in offshore waters.
Archer's forecast can be heard at 774-4786. Clicking on the rainbow at the top of the Source menu will bring up a full forecast from Weather Underground.

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