So far we've seen 8 named tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Henri was just named on Tuesday but indications are that he will weaken to a tropical depression or area of low pressure by Thursday. The storm is currently centered about 1650 miles southeast of North Carolina and is moving slowly west. Henri seems to be typical of most tropical systems this year. Wind shear has been higher and that tends to disrupt developing tropical systems. Also, there has been a larger amount of dry air across the Atlantic Ocean caused by high pressure that has helped to circulate dust from the Sahara in Africa. The dust tends to dry out moisture which developing tropical systems need to develop and survive. The bottom line is that our area has been lucky this year and odds continue to favor a minimum of activity until the season ends in late November.
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