UPDATE TUESDAY MORNING: October 1, 2013.
Tropical Storm Jerry formed Monday from Tropical Depression #11 in the central Atlantic. This is the eighth tropical storm of the 2013 season. But Jerry is battling wind shear in the central Atlantic as it remains nearly stationary. It is expected to turn north and northeast in the coming days, potentially impacting the Azores by early next week. That is the only landmass threatened by Jerry.
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – In the open waters of the Central Atlantic Ocean, posing no threat to land, is the wobbling tropical system, Tropical Depression #11.
Even though the motion is nearly stationary, a loop-d-loop track is expected over the coming days, and the system is having difficulty strengthening because of some wind shear, it may be able to organize just enough to reach Tropical Storm strength in coming days. If so, it will be named “Jerry.”
Regardless of what happens with this system, it will pose no threat to the U.S. The system may retrograde back westward before hooking northeast again:
The Atlantic Basin hurricane season continues through November 30.
So far this year, the Atlantic Basin has had two hurricanes (Humberto and Ingrid), seven other Tropical Storms, and two other Tropical Depressions (including TD #11). There have been no major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or stronger, which is below-average for the season-to-date.