The possibilities of Tropical Storm Bonnie forming in the Atlantic over the weekend, has become more sure. According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), the area of low pressure northeast of the Bahamas has a 90 per cent chance of developing into a tropical or subtropical depression or storm as early as this weekend. More information will be gathered once a scheduled Air Force Reserve is sent to the area to collect information on the developing low pressure system.
This morning, the NHC said: “Shower activity associated with the low pressure area located between Bermuda and the Bahamas continues to show signs of organization, and the circulation of the low has become a little better defined overnight. Environmental conditions are generally conducive for a tropical or subtropical cyclone to form later today or Saturday while this system moves west-northwestward to northwestward toward the southeastern United States coast.”
Though the official start of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season would begin on the 1st of June, it seems that the system is more than ready to develop just days before this time. If it happens to form, Bonnie would be the second named storm of the season. It will follow on the heels of Hurricane Alex, which formed in January in the northeastern Atlantic and traveled through Azores before becoming exhausted.