TEXAS, USA — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring the southwestern Gulf of Mexico for tropical development this upcoming week. A low pressure is forecast to develop, which may acquire tropical characteristics, developing into a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm. The National Hurricane Center gives this system a 50% chance to develop into a Tropical Depression or Storm over the next 5 days.
An area of showers and thunderstorms has developed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and is associated with a broad area of low pressure. The lowering of pressure is forecast to continue as the system moves into a favorable environment for further strengthening.
As the system continues to organize, it is forecast to slowly develop into a well-defined low pressure by the middle of the upcoming week in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. At this point, the low pressure may acquire tropical characteristics, developing into a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm.
The low, possibly tropical, by the end of the week will approach the Gulf States from late week into the weekend. There are too many questions to pinpoint where this system may move inland so all areas from Texas to Florida should keep a close eye on the forecast over the coming days.
This forecast is fluid with quite a bit of uncertainty. A tropical system may not even develop, but regardless of development, tropical moisture and associated rain may move into the Gulf States by next weekend. Recent heavy rains across Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi could lead to an increased flash flood concern if rain associated with this system impacts the region.