Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Gulf of Mexico being monitored for possible tropical development

Gulf of Mexico being monitored for possible tropical development

The predicted track would take the storm out over the central Atlantic Ocean, where it is expected to become a hurricane.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The National Hurricane Center in Miami continues to monitor a tropical wave (yellow X) which is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers from Hispaniola eastward to the Leeward Islands and the adjacent waters. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible. This tropical wave is not expected to develop into a tropical system near Florida.

Located about 235 miles east-south-east of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands, the potential hurricane already has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving west at 13 mph. Then once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, it could get slightly better organized and affect the northern Gulf Coast between Tuesday and Thursday.

At 86 degrees, the Gulf is running 1.8 degrees warmer than normal.

Speaking to JOE, a representative for Met Éireann said that it's impossible to predict weather forecasts more than 10 days in advance, which is the very reason why Met Éireann don't release long-range forecasts, as it would decrease their accuracy.

Moisture levels in the atmosphere across South Florida are already quite high. It's likely the system will stay out to sea.

Forecasters also will be watching for the storm-inciting Madden-Julian Oscillation, or MJO, in the coming weeks as it makes its way into the Atlantic. But Chris and Beryl maintained hurricane strength for just 3.25 days, when the average for this time in the season is six days.

As if on cue, the tropical Atlantic has cranked up a couple of tropical systems as the annual hurricane season moves into its peak period.

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