Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This should set the oil spill clean-up and disaster management crews in the Gulf of Mexico on their heels. This is Invest 97L, currently a significant tropical wave creating cloud, showers and high winds over the Caribbean island of Hispanola.
Right now, it's not all that organized and doesn't present much of a threat. However, as it moves westward, it will encounter reduced wind shear and very high sea surface temperatures. There is about a 50 percent chance of it developing into a tropical depression by as early as Friday morning. (Click on the picture for full size. It will make more sense then.)