Update 1:35 p.m.: An Air Force hurricane hunter is en route to investigate a tropical disturbance that has a 50 percent chance of developing over the next 48 hours.
The system is 525 miles east-southeast of Barbados and moving west at 15 to 20 mph.
While there is no evidence of a well-defined center, National Hurricane Center forecasters said conditions are conducive for development before it reaches the Lesser Antilles late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
After that, upper-level winds are expected to weaken the system.
A second system that is about 875 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has a 30 percent chance of development over the next five days.
Previous story: The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas for potential tropical development, giving one disturbance a 50 percent chance of becoming something more over the next 48 hours. At the 2 p.m. update, it was given the same chances over five days.
The low pressure system about 800 miles east of the Windward Islands was identified yesterday. Dubbed Invest 95L, it is moving west at about 15 mph with thunderstorm activity showing some signs of organization.
While conditions are marginally favorable for some development before it reaches the Lesser Antilles later this week, wind shear is forecast to hamper further growth after that.
An Air Force hurricane hunter is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.
If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Don.
But the cluster of thunderstorms is the fourth to try to earn the moniker, and it is being trailed by a second system that has a 30 percent chance of becoming something more over the next five days.
This second area of disturbed weather is several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
The tropical Atlantic was quiet all last week following the dissipation of tropical depression four.
While the early part of the 2017 hurricane season has shown a decent amount of activity with Tropical Storms Bret and Cindy forming in June, August through October is considered the peak of the season.
According to Weather.com, the 10 costliest hurricanes in U.S. history have occurred in this three-month period. That includes 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, 2011’s Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.