Tropical Storm Ida May Form in Atlantic This Week

By By Becky Elliott, Meteorologist
September 16, 2015, 9:56:22 PM EDT

The Atlantic hurricane season is still in full swing and one of two tropical systems in the central part of the basin may strengthen into Tropical Storm Ida.

The first system, which the National Hurricane Center designated 93L has become Tropical Depression Nine. The system is located about halfway Cape Verde Islands and the Leeward Islands.

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"This system has steadily become better organized during the past 24 hours," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

"This system will be moving into an area of stronger wind shear, which will limit further development starting during the second half of the week."


The jet stream will force Tropical Depression Nine to track northwestward over the open waters of the Atlantic through the end of the week. This northward track will keep the system well away from the coast of the United States and the chance for any threat to land looks to be quite low.

"This system has about another 24-48 hours to become better organized before succumbing to wind shear and dry, stable air," Kottlowski said.


"After making the northward turn, the system will get hung up in the open waters of the central Atlantic and is not forecast to be a threat to land through at least this weekend," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis.

The tropical wave to the east of Tropical Depression Nine, labeled 95L, will also have a chance of developing into a tropical system over the next few days.

"This system will encounter warm water, low shear and relatively moist air for the next few days," Kottlowski said. "There is a good chance this system will become a depression or tropical storm later this week."

This system will track farther west than Tropical Depression Nine, but will then turn to the north by the end of the week, steering clear from any landmasses.

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