Tropical Storm Bret 7/20/2011 5:00 am

Colleagues, FORECAST: Tropical Strin BRET is well off with woinds of 50 mph moving to the NE at 6 mph. This is as strong as it will get and it will be slowly decreasing in strength as it continues to move NE, and away from the USA. It is currently about 300 miles from land and no threat or impact.

DISCUSSION: Bret is going and in two days will be only a depression as it crosses the Atlantic in westerly flow. There is a disturbance in the mid Atlantic that could become a tropical storm in the next day or so, but no more than that and it will also be moving to the NE, so other than taking up another name, it is of no consequence. The next name is CINDY, a shame to waste it on such an unimpressive storm. Next after that is Don, a name that will please many ducks. After that is Franklin, an historic name, then Gert, a name that gives me heartburn.

NEXT FORECAST: Thursday, July 21, in the morning

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