Hurricane Dorian isn’t the only system attracting attention on the National Hurricane Center’s map of tropical cyclones and disturbances in the Atlantic basin.
Forecasters also are keeping an eye on a tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and a broad area of low pressure in the, gulp, Gulf of Mexico.
But while there is potential for development in each case, there’s not necessarily cause for concern.
A tropical wave located about 100 miles east of the Cabo Verde islands is producing widespread cloudiness and showers. It could develop into a a tropical depression when it moves over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean next week, according to the hurricane center, which gives it a 60-percent chance for formation over the next five days.
But forecaster Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service said models have the wave “at a pretty northerly latitude." Historically, those systems have stayed over the Atlantic.
“It’s difficult to speculate beyond about five days (out),” McKaughan said, “but early indications are that it probably will remain out to sea.”
Meanwhile, a broad area of low pressure located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity. While the National Hurricane Center gives it a 30-percent chance of development over the next five days, McKaughan said the system is likely to drift into the western Gulf.
“It probably wouldn’t be a concern for us," McKaughan said, "but it’s not out of the question something develops in the next few days.”
2019 Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Guide
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