Tropical Depression Chantal Stirs in the North Atlantic and Is No Threat to Land

weather.com meteorologists
Published: August 22, 2019

Projected Path

Chantal formed in the north Atlantic Ocean late Tuesday night, ending a stretch of more than a month without a named storm in the basin.

Chantal is centered more than 800 miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and is entering into a clockwise loop over the open north Atlantic.

The tropical depression is no threat to any land areas, and it's expected to become a remnant low by Friday or the weekend.

The formation location of Chantal was at 40.2 degrees north latitude, making it the farthest north a tropical cyclone has formed in the Atlantic since Alberto in 1988, according Dr. Phil Klotzbach, tropical scientist at Colorado State University.

The last named storm in the Atlantic basin was Barry which briefly became a hurricane before making landfall in Louisiana on July 13.

How Chantal Formed

Last weekend, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) highlighted an area of disturbed weather near the Southeast coast of the U.S. for a low chance of tropical development. The system's proximity to land hindered its ability to become better organized at that time.

The NHC continued to track the system for a very low chance of tropical development as it moved farther out to sea on Monday and Tuesday.

Late Tuesday evening, forecasters at the NHC remarked that the system had become better organized with a well-defined circulation center and had tropical storm-force winds. Chantal was then named a tropical storm at 11 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.


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