ORLANDO, Fla. — Nota en español: Se forma la depresión tropical 15, pendientes a 3 otras zonas en el Atlántico
After a weekend breather, the tropics pick up steam again this week. There are four areas we are closely watching for development, with two of them having a high chance to develop in the short term, by Wednesday. The other two are over the far eastern Atlantic and will continue to travel west slowly; conditions could become more favorable for tropical development later this week. The good news for Florida is that this week will be a tranquil one in regard to tropical activity nearby.
Tropical Depression 15 formed on Monday afternoon. This is the area labeled Invest-90L originally, which is located about 150 miles south-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. The system has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and will continue to move to the east-northeast at 12 mph, moving away from the eastern U.S. and passing north of Bermuda. It is not expected to impact land and it will be moving over cooler waters. Still, the system will be slowly making it way to the central northern Atlantic, likely dissipating by Friday.
A vigorous tropical wave is located over the central Caribbean. Conditions are expected to become more favorable for this disturbance to become better organized as it tracks to the west between 15 and 20 mph. Most models show this system has the best chance of acquiring at least 35mph winds once it is south of Jamaica late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula should monitor this system closely. As of Monday morning, the system is not forecast to enter the Gulf of Mexico or threaten Florida.
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