Tropical Development Likely in the Gulf This Week

James Marshall
July 10, 2019

"It won't form over land, but once it gets out over the Gulf of Mexico, it will have a better chance to go on and develop", he said. This disturbance is forecasted to track south to the Gulf and travel westward.

The storm is expected to accelerate after it eventually collides with the Gulf's warm water, which is now at 86.9 degrees, according to a reporting station in Pensacola, Florida. The National Hurricane Center gives this low an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next 5 days. The low is now located over the Florida Panhandle and moving into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Rain chances increase on Tuesday to 80 percent with winds gusting up to 18 miles per hour.

Florida residents along the west coast are asked to be prepared and stay vigilant in tracking the weather for the remainder of the week. Further inland, across both the peninsula and panhandle, five-day rainfall accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected in most areas.

The area in question is now known as "Invest 92-L" which simply means the National Hurricane Center is investigating it for potential development.

NEXT WEEK: We will slowly trend back toward a more typical summer pattern next week, with partly sunny days and scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Most models move it west, away from Southwest GA.

Floridians still recovering from Hurricane Michael are among the people being advised to brace for what could be the 2019 hurricane season's second named storm. If the storm manages to organize and make landfall near Houston as a tropical storm, we would have all the things associated with it including heavy rain, winds and high tides. The sub-tropical storm was south of Bermuda and named Andrea in the month of May.

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