This page contains abbreviated tropical weather information for the Atlantic. This page is just meant as a quick "snapshot" for tropical weather information. Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this page. Special thanks goes to NOAA and The Weather Underground for the graphics displayed on this page.
**For an introduction to tropical forecasting, see the Tropical System Forecasting Basics.**
**New to tropical weather and need help finding links? Look at the Tropical Breakdown**
This image shows current sea temperatures, with an overlay of current tropical weather. It is generally accepted that sea temperatures at or above 26.5C or 80F are needed for tropical system development.
Current forecast track and areas at risk from active tropical systems.
This image shows the current genesis probability of tropical weather. It uses many factors to determine the probabilities, explained here.
This is a 24 hr. forecast for the tropical Atlantic, created by the NHC.
This is the current wind shear in the tropics. High wind shear is hostile to tropical development.
This is the current water vapor image of the tropical Atlantic. Water vapor images help point out important elements in the atmosphere, including dry air which can be hostile to tropical storm development.
This map is very large in size, please click the link above to see it. This is the potential water temperature at a depth of 100 meters for the western Atlantic. Generally, most tropical systems need deep water (at least 50m) at a minimum temperature of 26.5C or 80F to sustain themselves. This graphic shows the potential water temperature at 100m.
Useful Tropical Links - (these and many other tropical links can be found in the tropical section of the link directory). For those needing more help on which links to choose, try the Tropical Breakdown page.
National Hurricane Center - THE offical source for tropical weather information in the United States
Wunderground Tropical Weather Page - EXCELLENT collection of tropical weather information
FSU Tropical Page - one of the best tropical sites around. Contains model runs and phase analysis
University of Wisconsin Tropical Page - Contains wind analysis, shear maps, and other data.
NOAA SSD Tropical Satellite Imagery - Imagery for the tropical Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
Colorado State University Tropical Model Guidance - Model guidance and other links.
NRL Monterey Tropical Cyclone Page - Navy tropical weather page.
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