Tracking Tropical Storm Gabrielle and Two Other Areas in the Atlantic

weather.com meteorologists
Published: September 9, 2019

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is no threat to land in the central Atlantic, and there are two other areas the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring for tropical development.

Here's a rundown of each system.


Current Named Storms and Areas of Potential Development

Tropical Storm Gabrielle

Gabrielle is spinning in the north-central Atlantic Ocean and is centered more than 1,000 miles west of the Azores.

The tropical storm will track northeastward through early this week over the open Atlantic waters.

Gabrielle is no threat to any land areas and should transition into a non-tropical low-pressure system by Tuesday.

Two Other Areas to Watch in the Atlantic

A broad area of low pressure in the tropical Atlantic is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms between the Cabo Verde Islands and the eastern Caribbean Sea.

This system has been dubbed Invest 94L, which is a naming convention used by meteorologists to identify disturbances that could develop into a tropical depression or storm.

The NHC has given Invest 94L a low chance of development over the next five days. It's too soon to tell if this disturbance will eventually pose any threat to land areas.

A separate disturbance is located a few hundred miles north-northeast of the Leeward Islands.

Hostile upper-level winds will keep this system from organizing early in the week. By late this week, some slow development of this system is possible as it moves near the southeastern Bahamas and Florida.

Regardless of development, this system could at least enhance rainfall in the Bahamas and Florida by late this week or this weekend.

This sounds like a lot of activity at once, but it's fairly normal for this time of year.

As Neal Dorst of NOAA's Hurricane Research Division points out, September is a peak month not only in the Atlantic Basin, but is also part of a broad peak of activity in the Eastern Pacific and Western Pacific basins of the Northern Hemisphere.

The next name on the Atlantic Basin's list is Humberto.


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