Published On: Wed, Aug 20th, 2014

Tropical wave Invest 96L moves towards the Caribbean, more organized

WILLEMSTAD - On Wednesday morning the Barbados met office radar was picking up thunderstorm activity on the edges of tropical wave Invest 96L as it moved steadily towards the Lesser Antilles.

The 2 pm National Hurricane Center (NHC) bulletin reported that Invest 96L was located at 11.6N 53.4W and is moving west at 10 mph.


Although shower and thunderstorm activity is still disorganised at present “gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days” the NHC reports, bringing heavy rainfall and high winds to the souther Caribbean islands between Thursday and Friday morning.

Invest 96L is then forecast to continue on a west-northwest track south of Puerto Rico as it possibly develops into a tropical depression.


According to Dr Jeff Masters Weather Underground blog, “with dry air expected to be in the Caribbean, the moderate levels of wind shear would likely be able to drive the dry air into the circulation of 96L, keeping any development slow”.

The NHC forecast gives the system a 30% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours and a 50% chance over the next five days.

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