Tropical Depression TWO forms in the Central Atlantic


But it is not expected to threaten land.

A tropical depression is a low-pressure system with thunderstorms that produce maximum winds of about 39 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said the tropical storm formed at around 2:30 p.m., Thursday. It was expected to continue to move quickly west to northwest through the weekend. During an El Niño, strong upper-level winds roar across the Caribbean and Atlantic, tearing apart developing tropical storms.

Still, the little swirl gained enough wind speed on Thursday to acquire the name Beryl.

"There's lots of humid air and the sea breezes will be a factor, too, bringing a 70 percent chance of rain", Bridges said.

Regardless if it develops, this area of low pressure will track west-northwest, north and then northeast away from the USA coastline into the weekend. The most recent early-July storm was Claudette on July 13, 2015.

"Environmental conditions appear conducive for some development of this system, and a tropical depression could form before the end of the week while the system moves west-northwestward and then northward between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States", the NHC said.

Several outlets decreased their hurricane season outlooks this month, including NOAA and Colorado State University. The Atlantic season typically peaks between late August and September, however late season storms are not uncommon.

If the quiet forecast comes to fruition, 2018 will be a welcome relief after the destructive 2017 season, which saw monsters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria tear paths of death and destruction across the Caribbean and the U.S.