- A wide area of low pressure is expected to form in the southwest Caribbean.
- It may settle slowly into a tropical depression by this weekend.
- If the storm becomes a tropical depression, heavy rain may affect Central America.
Another tropical depression or hurricane may form in the southeast Caribbean by this weekend, days after Hurricane Etawah’s Central America dumplings.
Computer model forecasting guidance indicates that a broad area of low pressure will develop over the southwest Caribbean in the next few days. If this broad low is activated in a well-defined circulation center with collapsed showers and thunderstorms, a tropical depression may form.
For now, the National Hurricane Center says that there is a moderate possibility that a tropical depression will develop.
This low-pressure system will move slowly westward toward Central America by a clockwise flow around a mid-level high-pressure system located above the Gulf of Mexico.
This low to heavy rainfall could affect areas from Nicaragua to Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia – whether or not it becomes a tropical depression or hurricane – before moving to Central America. Flash flooding is possible in some of these areas over the next few days.
If this system had intensified into a tropical storm, it would have been named Kappa.
The Atlantic has already produced 30 named hurricanes in 2020, blasting the previous record of 28 hurricanes in 2005.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on 30 November. However, storms sometimes form beyond that date.
The 2005 season produced his last name Storm, Zeta in late December. Zeta then left in the first few days of January 2006.
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