Weekend tropical outlook: A depression could develop in the Atlantic


The Atlantic could have a new tropical depression in the next few days, and this one could move close to the East Coast.

"This time of year, with so much moisture in place, whenever you get a weak low that comes into the coast, it can certainly enhance the rainfall across the area", said Steven Taylor, senior forecaster with the NWS in Charleston. In about 4 days it will become an extra tropical storm in the north Atlantic.

A frontal boundary along the east coast will help the steer the storm away from the United States It will make a turn to the north and eventually northeast, heading back out to sea by the middle of the upcoming week.

Previously dubbed Invest 99L, this system has become a little better defined and the shower and thunderstorm activity has increased, allowing the upgrade to Tropical Depression Eight.

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Tropical Depression Eight's sustained winds are at 35 miles per hour and the minimum pressure is at 1011 millibars. However, the air that the system is running into will be dry, which might prevent it from organizing.

At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the USA would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.