Hurricane Center Monitoring Six Areas of Concern
The 2020 Hurricane Season continues to flex its muscle as there are now six different tropical weather entities the National Hurricane Center is monitoring this morning. Fortunately for us in the Gulf South, none of those areas of concern appear to be of any concern for us, at least right now.
Tropical Storm Omar and Hurricane Nana have both fizzled out. Omar went kaput because of strong wind shear over the north Atlantic. Nana was weakened when it made landfall in Belize earlier this week. So, we can kind of write those two systems off for now.
There is also an area of disturbed weather to the northeast of Omar's location north of Bermuda. That area is not expected to develop into anything but an area of showers and thunderstorms that could affect the U.K. later next week.
In the lower latitudes, there are currently two systems currently over water, and a third is about to emerge off the African continent. Those weather systems will need to be watched closely as forecasters with the Hurricane Center are giving all three of them a pretty decent chance to strengthen.
Two of those systems are given a 40% probability to develop into a tropical cyclone while the third, located near the Cabo Verde Islands, is given a 70% probability to develop. Track model guidance over the next five days suggests that each of these systems will move toward the west. And at least one of those systems could become a tropical depression by next week.
By the way, the next named system in the Atlantic Basin this season will earn the name Paulette. Yeah, we are already to the "P" named storm and the peak of Hurricane Season won't happen until next Thursday. Whew, it's been a year, hasn't it?