Even though the Atlantic hurricane season has officially come to an end, additional tropical development is possible through the end of December. One disturbance over the Caribbean that is close to land could become the next Atlantic tropical depression or storm, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. An area of showers and thunderstorms AccuWeather meteorologists have been monitoring since last week is showing signs of life.
Satellite images showed that the feature had a weak circulation Tuesday into Wednesday. There was another indication that potential development could occur, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. High-level clouds over top of the system were visible on satellite imagery -- a sign that air was rising near the disturbance's poorly-defined center.
If a complete cyclonic wind pattern develops about a center, a depression could be dubbed. If a clear center is established and winds reach 39 mph or greater, a tropical storm would be born.
On Wednesday, part of the disturbance's weak circulation was over land, but much of the system remained offshore over the southwestern Caribbean. Until the system fully moves over land, the risk of development will continue.
"There is a short window in which this system in the southwest Caribbean has a chance to become a depression or even short-lived tropical storm before it moves over land over Central America Thursday afternoon," Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather's top hurricane expert, said.
The next storm to develop will be given the name Kappa, the next letter in the Greek alphabet.For further information on tropical conditions, check the daily Tropical Weather Outlook, click here