Now We’re Watching the Gulf. Don’t Panic.

Tropical Outlook

No sooner than we get Tropical Depression 3 off of our radar (literally), we’re now watching the Gulf of Mexico. This, too, is not expected to be a big deal in terms of hurricane threat… or even tropical storm threat for that matter… but a stalled out front will give a relatively disorganized set of rain a chance to at least spin up a bit. The National Hurricane Center says there’s a 20% chance that it could become… something… over the next 2-5 days as it bumbles east or northeastward. That could also bring some heavy rain to the Florida panhandle and America’s Armpit the Big Bend of Florida.

Here’s the text of the 8:00 AM outlook from the National Hurricane Center:

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 AM EDT Wed Jul 24 2019

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Disorganized cloudiness and showers located over the northwestern
Gulf of Mexico are associated with a frontal boundary.  A broad
area of low pressure is expected to form along this boundary
tonight, and environmental conditions could support some gradual
development during the next couple of days while the disturbance
meanders near the northwestern Gulf Coast.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

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