• Two areas are being monitored for tropical development in the Atlantic basin.
  • One area, dubbed Invest 92L, could develop into a tropical depression by early next week.
  • The next tropical storm will be named Fred.

Two areas are being watched closely for possible tropical development in the Atlantic into next week.

The area closer to Africa has been dubbed Invest 92L. The term invest means that the National Hurricane Center is investigating a particular disturbance or area, and so the collection of specialized data sets and computer model guidance on it can begin.

Invest 92L is a disturbance associated with a tropical wave and is located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands. Environmental conditions appear somewhat favorable for gradual development over the next several days. A tropical depression could form by early next week as the disturbance moves west-northwestward.

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Potential NHC Development

(The potential area(s) of tropical development according to the latest National Hurricane Center outlook are shown by polygons, color-coded by the chance of development over the next five days. An “X” indicates the location of a current disturbance.)

The other area is a disturbance over the central tropical Atlantic. This disturbance remains disorganized but slow development is possible early next week as it approached the Lesser Antilles. Regardless of development, parts of the Lesser Antilles will likely experience gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms.

There’s uncertainty in the models about whether either highlighted area organizes into a tropical depression or storm, but both will be watched closely.

Tropical activity typically increases during August as we get closer to the peak of hurricane season so it is no surprise that there are areas to watch for tropical development.

(MORE: Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Update)

The next tropical storm in the Atlantic will be named Fred.

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