Potential Tropical Storm Forecasted to Develop in Gulf of Mexico Next Week

Atlantic Hurricane Season: Two Systems with Potential

Forecasters are closely monitoring two systems in the Atlantic, both showing potential to develop into tropical storms. The season started slowly but predictions suggest it could escalate to one of the most active on record.

System Development in the Southern Gulf

The southern Gulf of Mexico, near the Yucatán Peninsula, is the hotspot for potential storm formation. Weather models anticipate rain and thunderstorms near Central America to converge into a low-pressure area by early next week in the Bay of Campeche.

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Potential System off the East Coast

A low-pressure system drifting northeast off the Southeast Coast, after heavy rains in Florida, poses a risk for flooding in areas from Miami southward. While moving up the East Coast, it holds a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm.

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Warning Signs of Warm Waters

High ocean temperatures, especially in the Gulf of Mexico, are well above average in some places reaching 90 degrees. Despite warm waters, the Atlantic hurricane season has had a delayed start, attributed to the hostile high-altitude winds.

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Experts are predicting an active hurricane season due to the warm waters and favorable climate patterns. Colorado State University forecasts 23 named storms, 11 hurricanes, and five major hurricanes, compared to an average season of 14 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.

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