Tropics watch: Tropical wave weakens over Atlantic; chance of tropical depression down

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Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a tropical wave over the eastern Atlantic Ocean has become more limited Tuesday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said. While it's still possible a tropical depression could form this week, conditions are expected to become less favorable by this weekend.

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A graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows chances for development have decreased as a tropical wave moves westward across the tropical Atlantic.
A graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows chances for development have decreased as a tropical wave moves westward across the tropical Atlantic.

What's out there and where are they?

Tropical wave: An area of showers and thunderstorms over the eastern tropical Atlantic is associated with a tropical wave. This system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph during the next several days.

How likely are they to strengthen?

Gradual development of this system is possible and a tropical depression could form around the middle to latter portion of the week before environmental conditions become less favorable by this weekend.

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: Low, 20 percent

  • Formation chance through 5 days: Low, 30 percent

A satellite image from the National Hurricane Center shows an area of disturbed weather over the tropical Atlantic Ocean that has a low chance of becoming a tropical depression this week.
A satellite image from the National Hurricane Center shows an area of disturbed weather over the tropical Atlantic Ocean that has a low chance of becoming a tropical depression this week.

Who is likely to be impacted?

It's still too early at this time to determine whether Florida will feel the impact from this system. While the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season has been comparatively quiet so far, forecasters say residents in coastal areas should stay alert as the season's September peak approaches.

Tracking the tropics in real time:

These graphics, which update automatically, show you activity in the tropics in real time:

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This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Tropical depression may still form over Atlantic this week, but less likely