Published On: Thu, Sep 22nd, 2016

Eye still on Karl as it weakens; Tropical Storm Lisa develops

stormsMIAMI – Tropical Depression Karl is, for now, losing the battle against a hostile tropical environment, but is expected to make a comeback and pass near Bermuda this weekend.

As of this morning, Karl was centered nearly 900 miles south-southeast of Bermuda.

An upper-level low to the west of Karl has wreaked havoc with its organization. Until that upper low weakens or moves farther west from Karl, it is not expected to strengthen much, and could be downgraded to a tropical wave.

At any rate, Karl is forecast to move northwest along the southwestern periphery of a ridge of high pressure in the central Atlantic the next couple of days, well north of the Leeward Islands.

As Karl reaches the western periphery of the aforementioned area of high pressure, it will begin to turn north by Friday. It should then take a sharp turn northeast this weekend. How sharp the turn is in relation to Bermuda will determine how close it passes to the archipelago this weekend. For now, this is still a bit of a close call.

Residents and visitors of Bermuda should still monitor the progress of Karl closely for any forecast changes.

Meantime, Tropical Storm Lisa, the 12th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, has a short period of time to gain strength before a pair of familiar foes for tropical cyclones – wind shear and dry air – begin to take their toll.

Lisa was first named yesterday morning after the winds in Tropical Depression Thirteen reached tropical storm force (39 mph or greater).

This system was located about 600 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, as of this morning.

Lisa will move northwest into the central Atlantic Ocean during the next several days, according to the National Hurricane Center forecast.

Therefore, this system is no threat to the Caribbean basin. (The Weather Channel)

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