Tropical Storm Don gains some strength as new disturbance appears near Africa

Tropical Storm Don gains some strength as new disturbance appears near Africa
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Tropical Storm Don is gaining some strength as it continues to swirl slowly through the Atlantic Ocean, National Hurricane forecasters said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, forecasters are tracking a new disturbance off the coast of Africa. 

Don, located between Bermuda and the Azores, is producing maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 mph as it heads south over the Atlantic Ocean at about 5 mph, forecasters said in a 4 a.m. update. Don is expected to continue curving clockwise over the next several days before eventually heading north over cooler waters and degenerating. 

While forecasters said conditions are not all that conducive for extreme  intensification, Don is predicted to continue gaining some strength, reaching maximum sustained wind speeds of about 50 mph within the next two days. 

Don was initially categorized as “subtropical” because it was embedded within an upper-level trough and had a relatively large radius of maximum wind, forecasters said. While tropical systems have the potential to quickly grow into hurricanes, subtropical storms do not.

Don is now the fourth tropical storm to roll through the Atlantic Ocean this hurricane season. 

Tropical wave near Africa 

The National Hurricane Center is also tracking a tropical wave near Africa, forecasters said in a 7 a.m. update Wednesday. 

The disturbance, located a few hundred miles south of Cabo Verde, is producing clouds and showers over the eastern tropical Atlantic. 

While forecasters said dry air should prevent formation during the next few days, environmental conditions could become more conducive for some development by this weekend as the wave moves west at 15 to 20 mph.

Forecasters said the wave has a 20% chance of forming within the next week. 

The 2023 hurricane season

The return of El Niño could bring a wetter second half of the year to Louisiana and a reduced risk of hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Climate Prediction Center announced March 9 that La Niña, which usually causes more hurricanes to form in the Atlantic, was officially over after an unusually long three years.

El Niño and its sister La Niña are part of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle, a set of conditions over the Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns across the world. In Louisiana, the biggest effects involve hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.


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