Tropical Depression Grace Tracks Westward Through Atlantic
By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
September 09, 2015, 6:31:08 AM EDT
Tropical Depression Grace is keeping the Atlantic Basin active in the days leading up to the peak of hurricane season.
After taking shape on Saturday south of the Cape Verde Islands, Tropical Depression Grace is currently tracking westward through the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
Warm water and low wind shear allowed Grace to strengthen on Sunday, but there has been a weakening trend early this week.
"[Grace] has been battling dry air and wind shear which is disrupting the organization of the tropical storm," stated AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
These conditions weakened Grace to a tropical depression late Tuesday morning EDT.
The storm will remain on a general westerly track heading over the open waters of the eastern and central Atlantic through much this week, posing hazards to only shipping interests.
However, Grace will arrive into the northeast Caribbean as a tropical rainstorm late this week and weekend. This will bring a round of downpours and the potential for flooding to the region.
A weakened tropical system without flooding rain or damaging winds would be beneficial to the parts of the Caribbean that are still in the midst of a drought and cleaning up in the wake of the devastating floods from Erika.
Grace is not the only feature being monitored by the AccuWeather Hurricane Center in the days leading up to the peak of hurricane season, which is Sept. 10.
A pair of tropical waves are set to emerge from Africa this week and will have to be watched for future development.
"At this time next week, we may very well have new tropical development across the eastern Atlantic," said Kottlowski.
Those in the Cape Verde Islands who were recently impacted by Hurricane Fred should pay close attention to the potential tropical development in the upcoming week.
In addition to the tropical waves, an area of rain and thunderstorms is also being watched east of Bermuda this week.
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