Tropical Threat for the Gulf of Mexico Increases Next Week
The peak of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is living up to its expectations. That is not a good thing. As of early this morning, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center were monitoring two tropical storms and four tropical waves. The most concerning to us in the Gulf South is the tropical wave that's currently in the Gulf and the one that's expected to move into the Gulf next week.
That second storm system is the one residents of Louisiana will want to keep a watchful eye on. The current forecast track for that system, again still a tropical wave, is eerily similar to the path that Hurricane Katrina took back in 2005. Just to be clear, this is not a hurricane, tropical storm, or even a tropical depression, yet. But forecasters are giving it a 50% probability of becoming a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico next week.
The proximity of that system to Louisiana next week as well as the close proximity of a second system already in the Gulf of Mexico are expected to really ramp up South Louisiana's rainfall for the weekend and next week.
Naturally, we encourage you to remain weather aware and to check back with us often over the course of the weekend for further developments on this system.
Elsewhere in the tropics, Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Rene continue to spin well out to sea. There is a strong tropical wave that could become Tropical Storm Sally over the next five days. That system is just off the coast of Africa but should be moving in the general direction of the Caribbean Sea as it strengthens next week.
Needless to say, the tropical season for 2020 is not about to let up anytime soon. Louisiana's "prime time" for tropical weather will extend into the first few weeks of October. Hopefully, by then a cold front will push through and the seasonal changes will eventually quell the activity in the tropics.