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Several Features to Watch in Tropical Atlantic

Several tropical features will be worth watching in the Atlantic basin through next week.

The majority of the activity will be centered across the eastern Atlantic, where an area of disturbed weather currently resides.

A cluster of showers and thunderstorms southwest of the Cape Verde Islands continues to hold together, despite fighting with an area of dry air.

Water temperatures are certainly warm enough to support development, but dry air and unfavorable wind shear are holding development back.

If winds lessen or enough dry air is eroded, this disturbance could strengthen as it gradually travels westward. The most likely path traveled will take it near the northern Lesser Antilles late next week. An increase in showers and storms is possible as it passes.

Another feature worth watching, and perhaps the most likely for development, is a tropical wave that will be emerging off of the African Coast early this week.

Strong winds will begin to relax across the eastern Atlantic during the week and will allow this wave to travel through a more suitable environment for strengthening.

If a named system is able to form, it will acquire the name Edouard and will be the 5th named system in the Atlantic Basin.

Those with interests in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and along the southeastern coast of the United States will want to keep a distant watch on these unsettled areas over the next few days.

The last system to form was Tropical Storm Dolly back on September 1 which made landfall near Tampico, Mexico.

September is the heart of the tropical season in the Atlantic, and most systems tend to form in the eastern Atlantic. If dry air and wind shear can weaken enough, climatology would favor development in this area over the next couple of weeks.

In the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Norbert continues to churn near Baja California and will bring a chance for flooding across the southwestern United States.