UPDATE: Tropical Storm Franklin spins up north northeast of Bermuda; no threat to land
The middle of August usually marks the beginning of the most active part of hurricane season and the tropics are reacting with the development of the sixth tropical depression along with other tropical waves showing signs of development in the Atlantic Basin.
At 4 pm CDT Friday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) declared the sixth tropical depression had formed about 260 miles north of Bermuda with a movement northeast at 16 mph and sustained winds of 35 mph.
It is forecast to grow into the next named tropical storm, Franklin, tonight or on Saturday but dissipate quickly within the next three days as it tracks further off to the northeast over the cooler Atlantic waters, away from the U.S and Bermuda.
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NHC is also monitoring three other tropical disturbances in the Atlantic, all of which have medium chances of becoming named storms over the next several days.
The first area of note was associated with a sharp trough of low pressure about 1000 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. Environmental conditions are somewhat conducive for development as it progresses to the west northwest near 20 mph. NHC gives this system a medium chance and or 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.
The second area of note and of greatest interest to the United States coast, a low-pressure area about 575 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, which has a medium chance or 30 percent chance of tropical development over the next few days as it progresses off to the west at 15 to 20 mph.
Forecast models indicated this system will take a more southerly path across the Atlantic and approach the Lesser Antilles by early next week and possibly move into the Caribbean, where it could make a turn toward the Gulf of Mexico.
A third area of disturbed weather associated with a broad low pressure system about 675 miles north-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands also has a medium chance or 30 percent chance of tropical development as it moves west southwest or westward at 10 mph with only slow development possible.
The hurricane threat to Mississippi and the Central Gulf of Mexico coast typically increases dramatically in late August and early September.
The National Hurricane Center is expecting up to a total of 19 named storms to form in the Atlantic Basin by season ends November 30th. Five named storms have already formed so far this season.