USA – Meteorologists were monitoring two tropical waves moving west across the southern North Atlantic on Tuesday, energy traders said.
The first tropical wave was along 32 degrees longitude west, extending northward to near 17 degrees latitude north, near the Cape Verde Islands. This tropical wave was moving westward at 10 to 15 knots, Accuweather.com said in a report.
A second tropical wave was located along 57 west, south of 17 north, east of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, also moving westward at 10 to 15 knots. Satellite images, however, showed no organized thunderstorms with that system, AccuWeather.com said.
The Leeward Islands include the Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Saba, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Barbuda, Antigua, Montserrat and Guadeloupe.
Energy traders watch for storms that could enter the Gulf of Mexico and threaten U.S. oil and gas production facilities in the northern section.
Commodities traders also watch storms that could affect agriculture crops like citrus and cotton in Florida and others states along the Gulf Coast.
In the western Caribbean, satellite images showed disorganized showers and thunderstorms.
AccuWeather.com did not see any organized feature at this time and said it does not expect any development from for at least the next two days.
The forecaster, however, pointed out, “The longer this area of disturbed weather persists, the greater the chance for tropical development in the northwestern Caribbean.”