Tropical Depression 4 has held its status as a depression today, but still has a good chance to form into this year's fourth Tropical storm. If it does so it will be named Debby. This will not affect US landfall, and will be a fish spinner, but it is something to watch.
East of the Caribbean another wave is worth watching (97L), this has the chance to form into a depression over the next few days. Those in the eastern Caribbean islands will want to watch this.
Chance for 97L to develop in the next 24-48 hours Code:
5PM Monday, August 21 Update Tropical Depression 4 has formed out of the previously termed Invest 96L to the southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Cape Verde Islands in anticipation of an impact sometime tomorrow from this system. Current forecasts show modest strengthening and a track toward the northwest -- and out to sea -- after passing by the Cape Verdes, but we'll monitor it closely nonetheless. Elsewhere, nothing in the basin is threatening at this time.
Original Post A surprise to me at least but 96L is on the map. It is a long way out so no worries about it just yet... but this may be the "ice breaker" this season has been looking for.
There's more discussion on 96L found around here, with brief updates from Tony Cristaldi and HF in the comments section of this thread and a blog from Clark found below. To pull out the ol' "Chances of Development in the next 24-48hr" meter...
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