4WARN: Tropical Update
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - We are about a month and a half into hurricane season, and after a steady stretch of quietness, a little bit of activity is beginning to spark in the Gulf and Caribbean.
Turning attention to the Gulf first. We are watching two clusters of tropical thunderstorms. The main one being off the coast of Texas and Louisiana. The chances of this developing into a tropical system remains low as it encounters less sea surface area and more land. Organization remains decent but as it moves inland it will likely development into a mostly “rain event” set-up. This could bring some more rain chances to the Wiregrass by late week as winds from the west will carry some of the moisture our way.
The other area to watch near the caribbean has a very low chance of developing as well. The cluster is staying unorganized but as the energy travels into the gulf, it could follow the same pattern as the storm ahead of it. The environment could be more productive for better thunderstorm activity. It is expected to take the same pathway towards the Louisiana coastline. However, we will continue to monitor.
The last system we focus on is still far out from the eastern coast of South America. Although organization of the thunderstorms within it are fair, it is still lacking some energy that could allow it to strengthen. This tropical wave is expected to slowly travel westward for the next few days where it could reach an environment that will allow the thunderstorms to slightly increase, but wind shear will likely break apart the system before it could strengthen any further.
Take the time to review your hurricane safety and evacuation plan. We still have several weeks left of the season and it is still anticipated to be an active year for storms. Stay updated with the 4WARN Weather Team for all your tropical updates.
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