Tropical Storm Potential Increases
By Sam Kantrow on August 1, 2012, 11:30am
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Part of the reason why I think WXedge rocks is because we can give you a forecast different than anyone else (how's that for an opening statement). We have the ability to give you information before it even exists. When you hear about a tropical storm that "formed yesterday" on TV, you might wonder where it came from. Well thanks to the NHC (National Hurricane Center), forecast models, and satellite imagery, meteorologists are able to see these storms before they really turn into storms. Sometimes this works out in our favor. For example, we knew Irene was going to move up the coast towards us a full 2 weeks before it actually happened. Most of the time it doesn't work out though. In any case, you might have heard some grumblings about a tropical storm brewing in the tropics. Well the National Hurricane Center has started to ramp up their watchful eyes on a storm that's located around 1000 east of the southern Windward Islands. Above is the most recent outlook for the storms organizing in the tropics. The NHC has this storm at 60%, so what does that actually mean? Well it basically tells us that there is a 60% chance that the storm will intensify enough to become Tropical Storm Ernesto over the next 48 hours. This puts the storm in the high category for potential to form. So what will happen if it does form? Let's explore.