The tropical depression of the Atlantic about to be called Victor
By Derek Van Dam, CNN meteorologist
A tropical depression in the eastern Atlantic is about to be called Victor, the penultimate name on this year’s list – a feat reserved for the most active hurricane seasons.
The National Hurricane Center issued advisories on the last tropical depression to form on Wednesday morning, keeping the momentum of our overloaded tropical season going.
Located several hundred miles south of the Cape Verde Islands, this newly formed tropical depression off the west coast of Africa has been designated TD Twenty with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It is expected to head northwest and continue to strengthen into a hurricane in the coming days.
Fortunately, the storm should not threaten the land.
As the tropical depression becomes organized, the NHC will designate it Victor. It seems to be victoriously overcome the influence of another tropical disturbance to its southwest.
Tropical Depression Twenty exhibits a classic counterclockwise rotation on satellite imagery, a feature forecasters look for when identifying tropical systems.
The rotating group of thunderstorms “now have a well-defined circulation and the maximum wind radius is 30 to 40 miles north of the center,” the NHC said in its latest discussion.
The formation of a central circulation, along with sustained winds between 23 and 38 miles per hour and a drop in pressure help characterize this as a tropical depression. This is all part of the birth of the tropical system as it turns into a tropical storm and eventually a hurricane.
The active hurricane season advances
Victor’s emergence will mark an above-average season that continues to unfold. After Victor, Wanda will be named next before a completely a new list of names is introduced for the rest of the season.
After the record breaking season of 2020, the World Meteorological Organization decided to delete the Greek alphabet like the list we would use if we ran out of hurricane names.
When we compare the season 2021 to date, in the historic hurricane season of 2020, a common theme prevails; it’s been busy. There are some notable differences, however, including the fact that the Greek alphabet was already in use and that we had four hurricanes in 2020 along the American coast compared to just two so far this year.
Hurricane Sam continues to cross the open Atlantic
Hurricane Sam, much smaller, should not be overshadowed by the newly formed tropical depression.
Although he was small, he was very strong. The Category 4 hurricane has sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and is slowly moving northwest. It is expected to continue this course before turning north this weekend while accelerating and heading east of Bermuda.
It is expected to remain a major hurricane until this weekend and may even strengthen as it moves through favorable ocean waters. High waves will start to hit Bermuda by Friday.
Sam will have no impact on dry land except for the high waves along the Bermuda coast.
Several areas to watch for potential development
Besides Sam and the New Tropical Depression Twenty, two other areas are being watched for tropical harm in the next five days.
Although the odds remain low, around 30% for the group of storms southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and 10% for the remnants of what was Tropical Storm Peter, the disturbances pose no risk for the landing. .
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