Transition Time in the Tropics, New Areas to Watch
It's this time of year when our eyes begin to look a little further out in the Atlantic Ocean for possible tropical cyclone development. The Intertropical Convergent Zone (or ITCZ) is a corridor in the tropics where the trade winds converge and thunderstorm clusters develop more frequently as we move later in the season. It's from these clusters of storms that tropical waves most often mature into tropical storms or even hurricanes.
And right on cue, longer range forecast data does suggest the ITCZ will become more active with thunderstorms in about 5 to 10 days. Thankfully though, at this time, no development is expected anywhere in the tropical Atlantic Basin over the next five days.