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Tropical Depression may be forming in the Atlantic

An area of disturbed weather in the eastern Atlantic is becoming better organized, and may become the next Tropical Depression of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center is giving this area, officially labeled as Invest 99L, around a 60% chance of forming into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours. It's located around 1000 miles east of the southern windward islands, or about 3,500 miles to the ESE of Hattiesburg.

In the short-term, this system will push slowly to the west at between 15 - 20 mph. It should eventually approach the eastern Caribbean as we go into this weekend.

From here, computer models generally foresee a WNW movement through the next five days.

The environment in the Caribbean is not one that would currently support rapid development. There exists a large amount of dry, sinking air, something that should act to inhibit strengthening. None of the reliable computer models have this system becoming a hurricane over the next five days.

The eventual long-term path is highly uncertain, and that is why we must continue to watch this system.   

You can have your own look at the computer models, and many other tropical graphics, over at the Hurricane Center portion of our website.

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