Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tropical Depression Forms in Pacific off of Mexican Coast...

In a post a couple of days ago, I noted what a quiet start to July we had going in the Tropical Atlantic. That trend continues into today, with no active systems or disturbances of note.

Meanwhile, in the Tropical Pacific, things are heating up a bit.  The above satellite image shows Tropical Depression 4 (within the yellow circled area), which is centered about 450 miles (720km) Southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.  The Depression is moving toward the West/Northwest at 15 mph.

On this particular track, the system will pose no threat to land, and that's a good thing, because it is likely to intensify to a tropical storm later today or early Thursday, and a hurricane by early Saturday.  Once the system becomes a tropical storm and hurricane, it will be called "Daniel".

Another disturbance is located over Costa Rica, extending West into the adjacent Pacific Ocean for several hundred miles.  This disturbance is also moving slowly Westward, and could become more organized over the next few days as well.  It too would not immediately pose a threat to land based on the projected track.

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