Tropical Systems Could Be In The Gulf Later This Week
Last week it appeared as if the tropical Atlantic was about to boil over. Over the weekend the three systems, Tropical Storm Harvey, and two other tropical waves lost a lot of their punch. Now, it appears as if the remnants of Harvey could reform, cross the Yucatan Peninsula and enter the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week.
Currently, the remnants of Harvey are just that. A very disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms just east of Honduras in Central America. Tropical forecast models now suggest that the system will strengthen and move to the northwest.
Should that happen the system could regain tropical storm status before it crosses the coast in Mexico. After that, the system could be strong enough to restrengthen over the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche by later this week.
The second tropical wave currently over the eastern Bahamas is expected to track west northwest over the next five days. The National Hurricane Center only gives this system a 40% probability of strengthening into a tropical cyclone. However, the system does have the possibility of becoming a major rain producer over Florida and the southeastern United States over the next several days.