Tropical Storm Grace becomes seventh named storm of season in the eastern Atlantic Ocean

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  • Tropical Depression Seven has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Grace Saturday afternoon.
  • Grace is forecast to strengthen somewhat in the coming days as it moves toward the west.
  • Unlike Fred, Grace passed by to the south of the Republic of Cabo Verde.
  • In an average year, the seventh Atlantic named storm forms by September 16.

With an environment of wind shear and dry air ahead, the future of Grace is somewhat uncertain. As of Saturday afternoon, the system was looking better organized via satellite imagery and a gradual strengthening trend is forecast in the short-term.

Into early this upcoming week, it seems likely that this system will start to weaken and perhaps could become a remnant low before reaching the Lesser Antilles late in the week. Grace is still more than five days away from the islands and poses no threat for the time-being.

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Current status

Forecast Path

Red cone indicates potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. Impacts such as rain, high surf and at least tropical storm-force winds may extend beyond the red cone.

Current Wind Shear

Higher wind shear is depicted by pink, purple, and red contours. Wind shear is hostile for developing or existing tropical cyclones, blowing convection away from the center of circulation. Current position of the system is plotted.

Water Vapor Satellite Image

Dry air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere is shown by orange and red shading in the satellite image above. Dry air is harmful to developing or active tropical cyclones.

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Tropical Storm Grace becomes seventh named storm of season in the eastern Atlantic Ocean
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Hurricane Danny continued to churn west-northwest in the central Atlantic Thursday (Aug. 20) night, and was expected to weaken Saturday. (Photo via NOAA)

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Danny on Aug. 21. (Photo via NOAA)

IN SPACE - AUGUST 20: In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Danny is seen August 20. 2015 north of the coast of Venezuela. Danny is the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season and is forecast to make landfall at the Lesser Antilles early next week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
Tropical Storm Danny, the fourth storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, continues to track eastward. Gradual intensification is expected over the next couple of days depending on how much dry air associated with the Saharan Air Layer is entrained by the storm. This image was taken by GOES East at 1745Z on August 19, 2015. (Photo via NOAA)
Tropical Storm Danny on Aug. 19. (Photo via NOAA)
This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at 12:45 PM EDT shows a weak tropical wave just to the east of the Lesser Antilles with showers and thunderstorms. Further east, Tropical Storm Danny moves westward with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and is expected to strengthen into a Hurricane. (Weather Underground via AP)
Tropical Storm Danny, the fourth storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, continues to track eastward. Gradual intensification is expected over the next couple of days depending on how much dry air associated with the Saharan Air Layer is entrained by the storm. This image was taken by GOES East at 1745Z on August 19, 2015.
IN SPACE - AUGUST 20: In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Danny is seen August 20. 2015 north of the coast of Venezuela. Danny is the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season and is forecast to make landfall at the Lesser Antilles early next week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 20: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks Hurricane Danny on computer screens as it becomes the first of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season on August 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The storm is too far away from land to know where it may hit, but tracking suggests it could reach the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico early next week. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 20: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks Hurricane Danny on computer screens as it becomes the first of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season on August 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The storm is too far away from land to know where it may hit, but tracking suggests it could reach the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico early next week. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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