Forecasters are watching two tropical waves in the Atlantic early Friday that are moving west and one of them has a differing forecast for its northern and southern side.
Wave 1, the closest one, is moving across the far eastern tropical Atlantic at 15 mph and is about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The disturbance is producing showers and thunderstorms in the area and is expected to see some gradual development during the next several days as it moves toward the eastern Caribbean islands, according to the hurricane center’s 2 a.m. Friday update.
It has a 20 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours and a 30 percent chance of formation in the next five days, according to the hurricane center.
Wave 2 is just west of the Cabo Verde Islands.The northern and southern parts of the wave are seeing differing forecasts when it comes to the possibility of strengthening, according to the hurricane center.
Forecasters say, “the northern part of this wave, which is expected to move rapidly westward over the central Atlantic during the next few days, is forecast to remain too far to the north and in an unfavorable environment for development to occur.”
The southern part of the wave is forecast to stay put south of the Cabo Verde Islands over the next several days and could see some development early next week when it moves slower west over the tropical Atlantic.
Forecasters are giving this wave a zero percent chance of formation in the next 48 hours and a low 30 percent chance in the next five days.