Sunday, May 22, 2022 5:58 PM

Watching the Gulf of Mexico for tropical development

Christopher Nunley

The Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn’t officially begin until June 1st but the National Hurricane Center is already monitoring an area in the Gulf of Mexico for potential development over the next 24 to 36 hours.

A broad area of low pressure over the north-central Gulf has observed an uptick in thunderstorm activity recently. While the area of low pressure and thunderstorms remains weak and unorganized, this area has been given a 10% chance for tropical development over the next 24 to 48 hours according to the National Hurricane Center.

At this time, it appears the environment over this region of the Gulf will remain unfavorable for development before the low moves onshore in about 24 to 36 hours.

While tropical development looks unlikely at this time, this system will increase shower and thunderstorm activity for the central Gulf Coast and create rough beach conditions for the Gulf Coast. Stay tuned for updates!