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Conditions Conducive for Cyclone Formation in the Atlantic Ocean

Conditions Conducive for Cyclone Formation in the Atlantic Ocean

With the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner, officially beginning June 1, NOAA satellites are already hard at work monitoring oceanic and atmospheric conditions for potentially dangerous storm activity.

This enhanced infrared imagery from the GOES-East satellite shows a newly formed area of low pressure centered between Bermuda and the Bahamas, possibly the first cyclone of the season. According to NOAA's National Hurricane Center, the weather disturbance has a 50 percent chance of forming into a tropical or subtropical cyclone in the next 48 hours and a 70 percent chance of formation by early next week. The low is forecast to move slowly west-northwestward or northwestward and approach the southeastern United States during the latter part of the Memorial Day weekend. This image was taken by GOES East at 1815 UTC on May 26, 2016.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory