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Tropical Disturbance Forecast to Intensify

Tropical Disturbance Forecast to Intensify

Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased during the past fewhours in association with a small area of low pressure located justnorth of the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the DominicanRepublic. Satellite wind data and preliminary reports from an AirForce Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that thecirculation associated with the low is poorly defined. Someadditional development of this system is possible today, butenvironmental conditions are expected to be more conducive for thedevelopment of a tropical depression or tropical storm when thedisturbance moves near or over the southeastern Bahamas on Saturday.Regardless of whether the system becomes a tropical cyclone, gustywinds and heavy rainfall are expected across Puerto Rico and theVirgin Islands today, and over portions of Hispaniola and thesoutheastern and central Bahamas tonight and Saturday. Interests inthe southeastern and central Bahamas should monitor the progress ofthis disturbance, as tropical storm watches or warnings could berequired with short notice. This image was taken by GOES East at 1745Z on August 22, 2014.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory