Tropical Storm Don Forms; No Florida Threat

Jul 18, 2017

Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands Monday afternoon, but it is no threat to Florida.

There's only a small window of opportunity for Don to strengthen, and that is mostly during the day Tuesday. Once the storm moves into the eastern Caribbean, strong upper-level winds and dry air are likely to cause Don to dissipate.

New Tropical Depression Forms, Unlikely Threat

Jul 6, 2017

A new tropical depression has formed in the central Atlantic, about 1500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The tropical depression is it a long way from threatening any land, and may dissipate entirely by the weekend.


The National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the central Atlantic within the next 48 hours. And if you're wondering, given the location this time of year, this is a bit unusual.

If the system becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Don.

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes — which has lagged behind storm track forecasting — could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists.


Most of Florida was in a drought just one month ago. But on Thursday, the U.S. Drought Mitigation Center published a report stating there are now no areas with abnormally dry conditions.