Tropical Depression Florence continues to churn over the open waters of the Atlantic while posing no threat to land.
When it rains, it pours...tropical systems! Soon after Tropical Storm Ernesto formed in the Atlantic Basin, another strong tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa.
That wave then developed a well-defined center of circulation and was classified as Tropical Depression Six late Friday night.
By Saturday morning, satellite intensity estimates showed that sustained winds had ramped up to tropical storm force. As a result, Tropical Storm Florence was named in the Atlantic.
However, due to dry air and increased shear, Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression early Monday morning. Satellite imagery showed very little thunderstorm activity associated with the storm, a clear sign of a weakening system.
The storm is located over 1600 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and it will continue chugging westward through the open waters of the central Atlantic the next few days.
It looks like Florence maxed out intensity wise as a large amount of dry, dusty air exists north and west of the storm which will inhibit further strengthening.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect the gradual weakening trend to continue over the next couple of days.
As Florence passes to the north of the Lesser Antilles by the middle of this week, it will continue to fight with that dry, dusty air and and that should lead even more weakening. It's even possible that Florence will dissipate by Thursday or Friday.
Even though no land impacts are expected from Florence, we will continue to monitor its progress during the upcoming week.
Keep checking back to the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center as we continue to track all the tropical entities in the Atlantic Basin.
A stretch of higher-than-average temperatures will continue across a large portion of the Western U.S. this week.
A dominant storm track featuring storms moving west to east across Europe will result in a stark contrast between cold air building across Scandinavia and milder air masses entrenched near the Mediterranean.
An El Nino-fueled October will feature more rainfall and storms for Southwest beginning this week.
After waves of cool air progress through the Midwest and Northeast this week, some areas will be cold enough for the first snow showers of the season by this weekend.
A "blob" of abnormally cold water in the North Atlantic, located near Greenland, has the potential to put enough drag on the ocean current to impact weather conditions in the years to come.
Tropical Storm Nora moved into to the Central Pacific Basin on Sunday, where unusually warm waters have already led to a record 13 tropical systems this hurricane season.
Denver, CO (1982)
Wet snow - 6 inches foothills; slush in city. Power lines down, as well as trees.
Early-season snows: Jay Peak 6 inches Warren 5 inches
New England (1990)
Remains of Tropical Storms Klaus and Marco brought torrential rains and flooding. Parts of Connecticut had 6 inches of rain or more. Stafford, CT, had 4.20 inches.