Tropical Storm Ana forms in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression Three to become official at 11 AM.
August 15, 2009
After Wednesday’s near miss at becoming Ana, Tropical Depression Two weakened substantially, to the point that the National Hurricane Center stopped issuing advisories on it. However, it slowly recovered and advisories were re-initiated last night with this morning’s advisory introducing Tropical Storm Ana. This put’s 2009 as ninth on the list of seasons (1944-present) with late first tropical storms:
of first tropical storm (Zulu/UTC)
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The current forecast does not strengthen Ana to a hurricane, but there is a considerable spread in model guidance.
Further to the east . the NHC will start advisories on Tropical Depression Three at 11 AM. This is likely to be a considerable threat to the Leeward Islands by Thursday. As always, check with the National Hurricane Center for the latest.
And yes, Ana doesn’t look too impressive in that picture. Looking at a satellite loop, the storm’s appearance has degraded since the overnight hours.