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Hurricane Season 2008: Areas 1 and 2 (Atlantic Ocean)
Oct. 10, 2008

Two Areas of Showers in the Atlantic Being Watched Over Weekend

GOES image of two Atlantic storm areas on October 10, 2008.
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There are two areas of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean that forecasters at the National Hurricane Center will be eyeing over the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

This satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean basin includes those two areas and this was captured on October 10 at 15:00 UTC (11:00 a.m. EDT) from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES-11 and GOES-12).

The first area forecasters are watching is in the Caribbean Sea. "Area 1" as designated on this satellite image has a "low potential" for developing over the weekend. It's an area of widely scattered showers at the base of a trough (an elongated area of low pressure) that is located near the Windward Islands. On Friday, Oct. 10, the shower activity there decreased so the National Hurricane Center noted "Significant development of this system is not expected due to unfavorable upper-level winds."

"Area 2" has a better chance of developing into a tropical depression. The National Hurricane Center noted that on Friday, October 10, it has "Medium Potential" for development. That area of showers and thunderstorms is roughly halfway between the African west coast and the Lesser Antilles, in the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean. The system was showing some signs of organization and the Hurricane Center noted that "Further slow development is possible over the next couple of days as it moves slowly west-northwestward."

The GOES satellites are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The image was created by NASA's GOES Project, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Text credit: Rob Gutro (from NHC reports), NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center