NOAA: New Tropical Cyclone May Form Behind Hurricane Laura

MIAMI, Florida – NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, August 27, 2020, due to the presence of a system that may form into a tropical cyclone behind Hurricane Laura within the next 5 days.

A westward-moving tropical wave located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic a couple of hundred miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce disorganized shower activity (marked with a yellow “X”).

NHC forecasters say that although environmental conditions are not expected to be conducive for development during the next couple of days, conditions are expected to gradually become more favorable over the weekend and into early next week when the wave moves into the central tropical Atlantic.

If this system becomes a tropical storm or hurricane, the next name on the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Names List is Nana.

This system has a 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation within the next 5 days and a 0% chance within the next 48 hours.

Although the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season isn’t until September 10, tropical cyclone activity significantly increases during the last week of August, according to NOAA and the National Weather Service’s historical hurricane activity data.

NOAA and Colorado State University forecast an “extremely active” 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs from June 1 through November 30.

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