MIAMI, Florida – NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 2 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, September 16, 2019, due to the presence of Invest 97L that is likely to become a tropical cyclone over the Atlantic Ocean.
If Invest 97L becomes a tropical storm, the next name on the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane names list is Tropical Storm Imelda.
Invest 97L is a small low pressure system that is producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the east-central tropical Atlantic (marked with a red “X”).
Environmental conditions will become more conducive for the gradual development of Invest 97L.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical depression could form in the next 2 to 3 days while this system moves slowly west-northwestward to northwestward across the tropical Atlantic.
Invest 97L has an 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation within the next five days and a 50% chance within the next 48 hours.
Spaghetti models, including the European and UK models, are in general agreement that Invest 97L will track northwest over the tropical Atlantic well east of the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico.
NOAA forecasts an ‘above-normal’ 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs from June 1 through November 30.