Tropical wave expected to approach the Caribbean this week: forecasters

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring two tropical waves that appeared off West Africa on Monday.

Forecasters said the farthest tropical wave off the coast generally moves from west to northwest across the Atlantic and is expected to reach the Windward Islands near the southeastern Caribbean by the end of the week.

Conditions are only “marginally” favorable for the development of the other wave, located near the West African coast on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Experts have given both waves a 20% chance of developing over the next five days as of 8pm on Monday.

What had been Hurricane Earl dissipated early Sunday.

Earl was the first Category 2 hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season.

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The last time a major hurricane did not form by September 11 was in 2014, when Edward became a Category 3 hurricane on September 16. This was followed by the 2013 season where no major storms were recorded.

Earl and Hurricane Daniel, which formed last week and have since faded, were the first named storms to form in the Atlantic Ocean since early July, when Tropical Storm Colin formed off the Carolina coast.

August was calm with no definite storms, which happened only for the third time since 1961.

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The 2020 hurricane season set a record with 30 named systems, while the 2021 season was the third most active with 21 named systems. The average year calls for 14 named storms.

The next storm to form will be Fiona.

Meteorologists say dry air, desert dust and wind breaks were among the reasons why there were no more storms this year.

Hurricane season ends on November 30th.

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