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- Tropical Storm Josephine is the newest storm to develop this year.
- It comes as NOAA predicts a particularly busy hurricane season.
Fresh off the heels of Hurricane Isaias, a new tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic.
The Weather Channel reports that Tropical Storm Josephine has formed about 1,000 miles east of the Leeward Islands, but may be short-lived since it is expected to confront unfavorable conditions in its path west to northwest. Current wind speeds are estimated between 39 and 73 miles per hour.
Atmospheric conditions in the near-term future could give Josephine additional strength as it moves over the open Atlantic Ocean.
Over the upcoming weekend, increasing wind shear might dampen the conditions that would allow the storm to grow stronger. The National Hurricane Center also forecasts the storm to weaken.
So far, Josephine will likely not pose a threat to the mainland U.S. or make landfall.
Josephine is the earliest forming “J” storm on record, besting Jose in 2005, which formed on Aug. 22.
The Weather Channel notes that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an active hurricane season this year, with Hurricane Isaias and a sudden derecho tearing apart communities along the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest U.S. This will pose additional threats as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
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