Danielle Weakens Under Dry Air Assault

Hurricane Danielle, battling dry air and upper-level winds this morning, is looking weaker and ragged as it pushes across the central Atlantic. A change from this morning’s forecast, Danielle may not strengthen into a major hurricane. It remains no threat to any land through at least this weekend.

If that was not enough, another tropical system is showing signs of forming over the Cape Verde Islands west of the African Coast and could become a tropical depression or even Tropical Storm Earl later today or Wednesday.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Rachel Peterson has the latest on Danielle and Frank in this exclusive WeatherBug Tropical Outlook Video. As of 11 a.m. EDT, Hurricane Danielle was located near 16.6 N, 46.5 W or about 985 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and about 2,250 miles east-southeast of Miami. Winds have decreased to 80 mph, with a central pressure of 28.73 inches or 973 mb. It is moving quickly to the west-northwest at 20 mph.

Although it is over warm Atlantic waters, Danielle`s growth is being stymied by increased upper-level winds and dry air. The winds at different levels of the atmosphere are expected to increase today and Wednesday, holding down intensification.

Current forecast tracks have it turning to the northwest by Wednesday, steering clear of the Lesser Antilles and staying east of Bermuda. Even if Bermuda doesn`t take a direct hit from Danielle, the storm`s large size and strength could create significant waves on the island`s east side later this weekend.

There still could be a westward shift in the track as opposed to a northerly turn that would push it towards Bermuda or East Coast this weekend into early next week. The chances of this, however, are slim.

Residents from the Caribbean to the Eastern Seaboard are urged to monitor this storm`s progress. With this season still expected to be a busy one, residents along the East and Gulf coasts are urged to make preparations, including finding the most efficient evacuation routes and putting together a hurricane preparation kit. Click here for more information about storm preparation.

Meanwhile, as Danielle churns in the central Atlantic, another low pressure about 300 miles south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands near the Africa Coast is organizing and could become a tropical depression at any time as it moves west-northwest at about 15 mph. This is the normal time for these far eastern Atlantic storms to start forming as waves of thunderstorms jump off the tropical African coast.

The quick increase in tropical activity comes just as the peak of the hurricane season gets underway. The majority of tropical storms and hurricanes form from the middle of August to the end of September.