Disturbance six pulls a rabbit from a hat and becomes tropical storm FIONA

Thursday 18th August 2016

Disturbance twenty five/ tropical depression six pulled a small rabbit out of its hat and became tropical storm FIONA mid Atlantic, slightly north of the well-worn westbound track, indicating an early turn to the north, well clear of land. Conditions look positive for low pressure cells to develop in the eastern Atlantic and then curve into the central Atlantic for the next week or so, so this may not be the last to do this. For those at sea, maximum winds are just 35 to 45 knots in gusts and likely to weaken over the next 24 to 36 hours due to a combination of increasing wind shear and the entrainment of dry air from the north. Fiona will not be a threat to the Eastern Caribbean or to the East U.S. Coast. This will be a short-lived storm.

Disturbance twenty four is midway between Puerto Rico and Bermuda but far too weak to be noticeable to either. This is moving slightly north of west at 18 knots into an adverse environment, thus its days are numbered.

Weather watch at sea for FIONA otherwise, stand easy.