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Danny's Demise is Near, Erika Coming Soon


Heading into the weekend, Danny was a major hurricane. By Monday morning, it was barely a tropical storm as it approached the Leeward Islands. 

As expected, wind shear and dry air had taken its toll on the first and only hurricane of the season so far. Some minor fluctuations in intensity may occur Monday and Tuesday, but Danny is forecast to dissipate by midweek in the northern Caribbean. Beneficial rains and gusty winds will be the only byproduct of Danny for the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico in the coming days.

In the central Atlantic, about midway between Africa and the Windward Islands, the National Hurricane Center says a new tropical wave is likely to develop into the season's fifth named storm by Tuesday. If it does, it would be named Erika and could follow closely in Danny's footsteps. Early forecast data suggests the soon-to-be tropical storm may track a little farther north than Danny did, but it is too soon to project with any degree of confidence whether this system will threaten any land.

A third area of interest is a tropical wave currently moving off the west coast of Africa, nearing the Cape Verde Islands Monday. Conditions are only marginally favorable for development with this feature at the present time, but it too will be watched closely in the coming days.

Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida