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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 23, 2024


A westward-moving tropical wave located about 1,250 miles east of the Windward Islands appears to have become better organized during the day Monday.
The wave, accompanied by a developing low-pressure center, was located near 14 degrees north latitude, 42 degrees west longitude at midday Monday.
Meteorologist Alan Archer said Monday afternoon the system could see slow intensification as "high-level winds are weak ahead of the system." He anticipated the wave in the general vicinity of the northern Leeward Islands Wednesday or Thursday.
But Archer noted that long-range computer forecast models put the wave and low-pressure center to the north and east of the islands, the course many tropical waves have taken this hurricane season.
National Hurricane Center forecaster James Franklin noted late Monday morning that "development of the system is possible over the next day or two as the system moves to the west or west-northwest."
Archer also said a second tropical wave that has emerged from the west coast of Africa is encountering winds unfavorable to development.
"Shower activity remains disorganized, with the wave moving westward through the east-central Caribbean Sea," he said.
Yet another tropical wave is located along 19 degrees west longitude and is already accompanied by a low-pressure center, Archer said, and he noted that thundershowers associated with the wave are on the weak side. "This system is a good six or seven days away, and we'll have some time to monitor its progress," he said.
Newly formed Tropical Storm Florence, about 400 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., is no threat to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Today's weather forecast across the region can be viewed by clicking on the rainbow menu at the top of the Source menu.

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