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2018 Atlantic tropical depression/storm/hurricane tracks so far:
The once persistent area of t'storms with the tropical wave near the Greater Antilles & Bahamas has been losing definition. Tropical development is unlikely at this point. The wave's "reflection" will turn northward well to the east of Fl. through Fri. then accelerate NE over the open Atlantic.
Otherwise... the Atlantic Basin has gone quiet.
Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear:
The Atlantic Basin.....
Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air):
Deep oceanic heat content is still high over the N. Central & NW Caribbean....
Sea surface temp. anomalies:
SE U.S. surface map:
Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic:
Surface analysis of the Gulf: