For the second Monday in a row, there are two systems we're watching in the Atlantic. Over the weekend, two tropical waves showed signs of organization and this morning, the one in the Caribbean was declared a tropical depression. After Air Force Reconnaissance planes flew into it, the depression was upgraded to Tropical Storm Sandy. Located 395 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica; Sandy is nearly stationary this afternoon but is expected to strengthen and head for Cuba over the next few days. It will rake the Bahamas and come close to south Florida by the end of the week. It is unlikely that Sandy would move toward the Gulf because of the strong cold front headed this week by week's end.
The other system is far out in the central Atlantic and poses no threat to land. Tropical Depression #19 formed this afternoon. A trough of low pressure to the west of the depression will keep it moving east into the north Atlantic. It is expected to strengthen and may become Tropical Storm Tony over the next few days.
If Tony indeed forms, the period of 2010-2012 will mark the three busiest consecutive years ever in the Atlantic with 19 named storms each.