Record Warm Waters Could Spawn Early Hurricane

The Washington Post reports:

Waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean are at their warmest levels on record, which could help fuel an exceptionally early seasonal hurricane by the middle of the week. A tropical disturbance 1,000 miles west of the coast of Africa is predicted to steadily organize over the coming days, with high chances of it becoming a named storm over the next 48 to 72 hours.

It comes about two months ahead of schedule for a storm to form in that part of the Atlantic Ocean, but record-warm ocean waters are probably jump-starting a season that could turn out stormier than initial forecasts. The National Hurricane Center estimates the system has an 80 percent chance of formation within the next 48 hours, and a 90 percent chance this week.

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