Tropics get busy, forecast to make it a rainy weekend in Florida
Sep 01 2018
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began on June 1, and it seemed that it would be an extra active season since Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in late May (a full week and a half before the official start of the season).
The potential cyclone is now located east of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the NHC, and is moving in a west/northwesterly direction.
Right now, current trends bring deeper, tropical moisture into the Gulf of Mexico for the Labor Day weekend as this tropical wave continues to move in from the southeast.
The Hurricane Center reported in its most recent advisory that maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with higher gusts.
This disturbance is expected to dump more rain for Florida into early next week.
Another area to watch, a tropical wave is moving through the Greater Antilles.
This cluster of storms is expected to make its way to the northwest through the Labor Day weekend bringing increased rain chances to the Sunshine State.
The National Hurricane Center is now predicting a 10 percent chance that this tropical wave develops into a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves away from Tampa Bay toward the central Gulf Coast.
They claim that the storm is likely to form over the next 14 days with a central pressure as strong 943mb.
Looking out to the end of next week, long-range models hint at a continued active period for the Atlantic as easterly waves march off the African coast. Then once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, it could get slightly better organized and affect the northern Gulf Coast between Tuesday and Thursday.
The peak of the Hurricane season has arrived and while the predicted total number of storms has been lowered by just about every major hurricane tracking outlet, it only takes one storm to turn a quiet season into a catastrophic one.
After Florence, the next name on the 2018 storm list is Gordon.