Weather system off Africa may become tropical depression next week – Sun Sentinel

A weather system that has a good chance of becoming the next tropical depression has emerged off the coast of Africa.

The large area of showers and thunderstorms near the west coast of Africa is associated with a tropical wave, according to the National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Weather Outlook early Thursday.

The system could become a tropical depression by early next week, according to the 2 a.m. outlook written by forecaster Eric Blake.

Currently, the system is forecast to move toward the west or northwest at 10 to 15 mph for the next several days.

There is a 20 percent chance that the system could form into a tropical cyclone during the next two days and a 50 percent chance of development during the next five days, according to the outlook.

A tropical cyclone refers to an organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that rotates —counterclockwise in the Atlantic— and has strong winds and a closed circulation, meaning it will have an eye. Such formations can take the form of a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane.

Weather system off Africa may become tropical depression next week – Sun Sentinel