By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA -- The remnants of tropical depression seven are moving over the central Caribbean Sea and producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms from the central Caribbean northward to Hispaniola and Jamaica.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, upper-level winds are expected to gradually become more conducive for regeneration over the next day or so as the system moves toward Honduras, Belize and the Yucatan. This system has a low chance -- 20 percent -- of becoming a tropical cyclone again during the next 48 hours as it moves westward near 20 mph.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft was scheduled to investigate the disturbance on Tuesday afternoon, if necessary.
A large area of showers and thunderstorms was forecast to move onshore and affect Jamaica’s eastern parishes first, then central and western parishes through the course of Tuesday afternoon and night. These showers, which may be heavy at times, were likely to be accompanied by strong, gusty winds.
Fishers and other marine interests, including those on the cays and banks, should exercise caution, due to gusty winds expected in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorMs
Farther out in the Atlantic, shower activity remains limited in association with a trough of low pressure located about 1,350 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde islands. No significant development of this disturbance is expected during the next day or so but environmental conditions could become more conducive by Wednesday. This system has a low chance -- 20 percent -- of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph.
Dust from the Sahara blows over the Caribbean Sea in July 2012. Photo: NASA
Meanwhile, astronauts orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station recently noticed a dull haze blanketing the skies over the Caribbean -- dust from Africa's Sahara Desert that had blown all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.
In the photograph, taken in July 2012, the Saharan dust covers the skies over the island of Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands, yet Cuba's skies are dust-free.