Tropical Depression Two (or Tropical Storm Beryl)
July 18, 2006
As noted by Stormtrack and others, Tropical Depression Two formed this morning off the southeast U.S. coast.
A reconnaisance plane is currently flying through the system. It has not yet made a full pass through the northeast quadrant of the storm where one would expect to find the strongest winds. It looks like the plane won’t do so until fairly close to advisory time (5 PM EDT). To this point the highest flight level winds recon has found is 32 knots; recon rould need to find flight level winds at around 45 knots or higher to justify an upgrade to tropical storm status.
Unfortunately, I lack time to write more until late tonight… stay tuned to the National Hurricane Center for the latest and greatest.