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Storm Possibilities Coming This Way

August 22, 2004 – About 14 weeks into the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season, there are no areas of concern for the territory though there are a few westward moving tropical waves dotting the tropical Atlantic map Sunday.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center on Saturday said that a tropical wave in the Central Caribbean had died down "considerably since Saturday." The tropical wave is being monitored as it moves westward under slightly more favorable upper air conditions. "There is generally less concern about the system," meteorologist Alan Archer said Sunday.
Still an item of interest is the tropical wave that rolled off the African coast on Saturday, despite its showing less concentration of showers and thundershowers. "Forecast models continue to suggest that this wave could develop into Frances within the next few days," Archer said.
While most models forecast the system to develop, there is "some disagreement in the timetable that the storm will intensify." The system bears watching but we probably won’t see development until it is further across the Atlantic, Archer added.
So far this season, there have been five named tropical weather systems. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through the end of November, though the peak of the season is estimated around Sept. 10.
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