Now that Tropical Depression Four has developed over the far eastern Atlantic and is forecast to eventually become a hurricane, I have already started to get emails asking where the U.S. landfall, if any, is going to be. It is easy to make such a long range forecast. However, it is absolutely impossible to make such a long range prediction with any reasonable degree of accuracy.
There is nothing unusual about a depression forming over the deep tropics during the peak of the hurricane season. In fact, it would be unusual for disturbances not to develop in this area during this time of year.
Residents of South Florida should not get overly excited about a tropical depression over 3,000 miles away from us. Should we keep our eyes on it? Absolutely. We should always monitor any disturbance in the tropics that is still headed in the general direction of the Caribbean and U.S.
What I am hoping most folks will do, is to use the development of this depression as motivation to dust off your hurricane plans. We have a long way to go in this hurricane season, and this would be a very good time to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be.
See Local10.com’s story about the Tropical Depression here: