Today, an easterly wave is located about 1300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has slowly been getting better organized since exiting the African coast last Thursday.
|Water vapor image showing dry air in browns and moister air in grays and brighter colors. The disturbance is positioned in the lower right. (NOAA)|
If it should eventually reach tropical storm status, the next name on the list is Bertha. Bertha is still one of the original names from the set of six lists started in 1979. It was first used in 1984, so this year will be its sixth time around. This is a total coincidence, but Bertha 1996 was also located very close to where this system is now, and it ended up becoming a Category 3 hurricane north of Hispaniola and making landfall on North Carolina as a Category 2 storm on July 12.
|Hurricane Bertha in July 1996. The gray circle in the lower right shows where the current disturbance is located. (NOAA)|
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