Tropical Storm Chantal Forms
Tropical Storm Chantal has developed over the extreme northern Atlantic, ending the recent tropical drought.
As of 5 a.m. AST the newly-christened tropical storm was located near 40.3 N and 53.7 W, or about 445 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Chantal’s maximum sustained winds are 40 mph and the storm is zipping east at 22 mph. The system’s minimum central pressure is estimated to be 1010mb, or 29.83 inches of mercury.
Chantal is expected to continue eastward and will slow before making a hard, southerly turn. Due to dry mid-level air and moderate shear the storm is not expected to strengthen during the next five days, but movement into warmer waters will not allow for weakening either. Fortunately, the system will be no threat to land and may dissipate earlier than forecasted due to the lack of available moisture.
Chantal is the third named storm to form over the Atlantic Basin this year. Subtropical Storm Andrea formed before the official start of the hurricane season and only lasted a day in hostile conditions, while Hurricane Barry plowed into the Gulf Coast as a category 1 storm before dissipating on July 15th. The last time the Atlantic remained quiet from July 15th to August 20th was 1982.
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