Something to watch in the Gulf

Tracking Tropics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — An area of low pressure in the southern Gulf of Mexico persists late Monday. The National Hurricane Center continues to give the circled area above a 50% chance of developing into a tropical system over the next 2 days. Depending on conditions Tuesday. the hurricane plane may go out to investigate tomorrow. Computer models are beginning to suggest where this system could go:

Tropical Spaghetti Plots

Monday evening, the majority of the models keep this system around the Yucatan peninsula through the week, but a few try to bring the system to the Florida peninsula. With high pressure parked over the southeast and a new cool front pushing through Wednesday, it is unlikely that this system will make a landfall along the northern Gulf coast. The waters in the Gulf are just barely warm enough to support a tropical system so whatever does develop may not grow to anything more than a minimal tropical storm. If so, it would get the name Hanna:

SST

Stay tuned and count on the WIAT Storm Trackers to keep you updated on any new developments during the rest of hurricane season.

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