It started about 4 -5 days ago as several tropical waves came out of the tropical wave assembly line over equatorial Africa and marched over the eastern Atlantic toward hurricane alley, eventually congealing into an elongated area of storms and rain more than 2000 miles long, which became part of a belt of tropical disturbed weather circling the Earth just north of the equator.
As this elongated assemblage of tropical waves progressed along the warm waters of hurricane alley it encountered a favorable environment, which caused some of its component cells to get better organized and stronger. On 21 August one of these cells became a tropical depression, #6 of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.
Tropical depression #6 is being monitored closely by the National Hurricane Center as it continues to strengthen appearing poised for possible tropical cyclone development later today. The system had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph while it moved west by northwest at 8 mph.
Collaterally with this situation in hurricane alley the assembly line over equatorial Africa is generating some rather large and strong tropical waves, one of which is currently emerging over the eastern Atlantic to the south of the Cape Verde Islands. Other tropical waves are following on the same track respectively about 900 and 1800 miles behind. At the same time the Indian ocean to the east and southeast of India and near Indonesia is laden with very large and strong storm cells generating plenty of rain and disturbed weather, which are moving toward the west and eastern equatorial Africa; on the basis of these current weather conditions it would appear the tropical wave assembly line should have plenty of fuel in coming days to continue feeding hurricane alley over in the Atlantic.
Given these current tropical weather conditions, plus the fact that historically the most active phase of the annual Atlantic hurricane season takes place between mid-August and mid-October, with September being the most active month based on the historical record, we should all monitor these conditions closely for signs of potential tropical cyclone development in days and weeks to come. Keep in mind all it may take is one impact from a landfalling hurricane to have widespread damage and human suffering. WE must all pay attention, be prepared and above all, PRACTICE MITIGATION!!!