Aug 1, 2014

Tropical Storm Bertha forms to the east-southeast of Barbados

IR satellite picture of Trop. Storm Bertha

 An area of convection as flared up to the north and northeast of the low pressure circulation over the Atlantic Ocean located to the ESE of the Lesser Antilles. The organization of the system now warrants classification of the disturbance as a tropical storm - in this case  Tropical Storm Bertha. The NHC is now issuing advisories on this system
The storm is moving toward the WNW at 20 mph with maximum winds of near 40 mph. Environmental conditions currently around the storm's circulation and along its forecast path only favor marginal intensification.
Latest position/strength of TS BERTHA

"Spaghetti" model plots
The "spaghetti plots are tightly clustered on WNW track and the official NHC track is pretty much in agreement. Due to the expect WNW track at a rather brisk forward speed Watches and Warnings have been posted for parts of the Lesser Antilles and also across some islands in the Greater Antilles chain.
Official NHC forecast track for Bertha

Tropical Warnings/Watches currently in effect
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is in effect for:
* Barbados * St. Lucia  * Dominica 
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH is in effect for:
* Puerto Rico * Vieques  * Culebra * U.S. Virgin Islands
* St. Vincent and The Grenadines