The National Hurricane Center is giving an easterly wave off the coast of Africa a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical system by the weekend as it enters the warm waters of the tropical Atlantic.
As of 2 p.m., hurricane center forecasters said the wave, accompanied by a cluster of disorganized showers and thunderstorms, was passing near the Cabo Verde Islands.
If it becomes a named storm, it would be Ian.
While the system is 3,600 miles from Miami, it is still worth watching considering the meteorological peak of hurricane season is Sept. 10.
It’s far too early to tell what kind of threat this system could possibly pose.
Jeff Masters, former NOAA Hurricane Hunter and co-founder of Weather Underground, said it will battle Saharan dust and is on a path that could take it out into the Atlantic.
“The long-range models are showing a west-northwesterly track for this storm into the Central Atlantic to a location where few storms ever become a threat to the Lesser Antilles Islands or North America,” Masters wrote in his blog.