Friday, August 3, 2012

Tropical System over Bahamas, Explosive Potential

Take notice of the vigorous tropical wave over the Bahamas.  It has a jet stream feeding it and a source of baroclinic energy (NE upper level winds) west of it.  This is something that can birth a tropical storm or a hurricane very quickly because of the hybrid (tropical + veering winds) situation.  take a look at this water vapor image from the Univ of Wisconsin SSEC.

Source: Univ of Wisconsin SSEC
In addition to the potential tropical threat another in an endless series of disturbances will pass through from the NW triggering more Thunderstorms including the damaging heavy and severe variety during the weekend.  So, keep one eye on the sky when doing activities this weekend.

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