The tropics are heating up but the Saharan dust cloud that has been retarding tropical system formation is still visible on satellite imagery wafting toward Florida.
— Prairie View A&M (@PVAMU) August 25, 2021
There are three areas of disturbance in the Atlantic, one to our South that have a good chance of development.
Development for the tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean now has a 80% chance of development during the next 5 days, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. Over the next 48 hours, it has a 40% chance for development. It’s still too soon to know the impacts.
Satellite imagery shows clouds of dust in both areas where tropical activity is brewing.
✔️This is your time to get ready!
The tropics are heating up as we approach the final upslope stretch of this year's hurricane season.
🌀Closer to land, #Invest99 could enter the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.
— Weather & Radar USA (@WeatherRadarUS) August 25, 2021
There are two other areas of disturbance far out over the Atlantic but they will have some atmospheric hurdles to overcome in order to become a named tropical storm.
Any of the three disturbances could blow up into a tropical storm and the next name on the 2021 Atlantic basin list is Ida, followed by Julian and Kate.