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New tropical threats may brew following peak of Atlantic hurricane season Sept. 10

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Despite the typical seasonal peak in tropical activity occurring across the Atlantic on Sept. 10, the basin remains quiet with no organized features at this time.

However, a couple of tropical systems may develop as the pattern changes early next week.

"We are currently monitoring a few tropical waves in the Atlantic Basin," AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

One of these tropical waves, a cluster of thunderstorms about 500 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde islands, will be worth tracking as it gradually moves westward over the coming days.

While conditions are not very favorable across the tropical Atlantic for rapid development at this time, improvement is expected to occur next week and may allow for better organization.

"These features are currently battling a large amount of dry air which is inhibiting development," Vallee said. "However, a more favorable environment may develop over the weekend or early next week."

At this point, the most likely path is for this feature to track north of the Leeward Islands early next week.

"This feature should be no threat to land for several days, if at all," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

If this feature were to develop into something stronger, the main impacts would likely remain offshore with only an increase in surf experienced along the Leeward Islands.

An area of high pressure over the central Atlantic, which is the main steering force for tropical features, will likely pull it northward next week and eventually away from land. However, any small change can alter this path.

"Those with interests in the eastern Caribbean should continue to monitor this feature over the next few days," Vallee said.

A couple of other weak tropical features are being watched but pose no threat for further development at this time.

This Saturday, Sept. 10, marks the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic basin. On average, late August and September is the most active time across the tropical Atlantic and the past couple of weeks have been active.

"The Atlantic is quiet for the first time since Aug. 15 when Tropical Depression 6 developed," Kottlowski said.

Tropical Depression 6 would eventually develop into Tropical Storm Fiona at a later time.

Hermine, which dissipated on Tuesday, was the last named Atlantic tropical system. Hermine made landfall across the Florida Panhandle as a hurricane on Sept. 2, before tracking along the Southeast coast and then stalling southeast of Long Island.

Despite a lull in organized activity now, climatology favors additional pulses of energy emerging from Africa and into the eastern tropical Atlantic over the coming weeks.

Thus, the threat for additional tropical storms and hurricanes, some of which may make landfall in the Caribbean or the United States, will persist. The next tropical storm to form will acquire the name Ian.

The Atlantic hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30.