Jul 8, 2013 12:10 AM by Meteorologist Matt Terhune
At 10PM Sunday, the National Hurricane Center has introduced Tropical Storm Chantal.
Satellite images show that deep convection associated with the strong tropical wave over the Central Atlantic Ocean has increased in organization since this afternoon.
Wind speed expected to be 40mph which is a tropical storm speed.
A strong subtropical high pressure over the Central Atlantic will steer Chantal on a westward and then west-northwest track for the next few days with little decrease in forward speed.
The 'Bermuda high' pressure should keep Chantal on the same heading until a weakness begins to develop over Eastern North America in a few days.
As a result, the track of Chantal should bend more northwestward and then possibly northward and decelerate by days 4 and 5.
The National Hurricane Track is in alignment with the multi-model consensus throughout the 5-day forecast period.
Favorable environmental conditions and warm sea surface temperatures should allow Chantal to intensify some during the next few days.