Triple threat? Hurricane forecasters looking at three disturbances in tropics

Published 9:37 am Monday, July 20, 2020

Weather forecasters are keeping an eye on three weather disturbances in the Atlantic Monday that may have the potential to affect the gulf coast.

Despite the increased activity in the tropics, none appears to have a high chance of development as of Monday morning.

Onet tropical wave was located over the Bahamas Monday morning and is forecast to move into the Gulf on Tuesday.

It is forecast to track to the west-northwest over the next few days and reach the northwestern Gulf Coast — generally in the vicinity of Texas and Louisiana — by Thursday.

The hurricane center said conditions could become a little more favorable for development once it gets to the Gulf, but the chance of a tropical depression forming remained at 20 percent over the next five days.

Another tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico is also being closely watched.

The hurricane center said a weak area of low pressure has formed over the northwestern Gulf near Texas but was disorganized as of Monday morning.

It had only a 10 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression before moving inland in Texas either tonight or Tuesday.

A third weather disturbance is located much father away — about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands as of Monday morning.

The hurricane center said it has become a little bit better organized today. Conditions will be marginally conducive for development over the next few days as the wave tracks westward at 10 to 15 mph.

It had a 20 percent chance of development over the next five days, however forecasters said conditions would be less favorable by Friday and the weekend.

There have been six named storms in the Atlantic so far this season. All six have been tropical storms. The next name on the storm list is Gonzalo.

The Atlantic hurricane season is poised to enter what is typically a busier stretch, with the climatological peak of the season coming on Sept. 10.