|(Tropical Storm Ophelia)|
Tropical Storm Philippe formed today out of Invest 90L. He is our 16th named tropical system this year. Philippe is showing some very nice early structure. You can see convective bands swirling in towards the center of circulation. Philippe is in some favorable conditions for further strengthening and is well on his way to becoming a hurricane.
|(Tropical Storm Philippe)|
Elsewhere in the tropics, the area of disturbed weather near the Bahamas, was designated Invest 91L by the Hurricane Center today. This is the tail end of a trough that has become inverted by a strong area of high pressure to the east. There is no obvious signs of organization to this thing right now. It is however, attempting to break away from that front and survive on it's own by feeding off of some very warmer ocean water in that area. The NHC is giving 91L a 20% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. Computer models are reluctant to organize this feature, but do tend to guide 91L to the north and then northeast along the path of the trough that spawned it.