Tropical Mischief Possible This Week; Rain Chances All Week


An "invest" labeled storm simply means that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring that particular area of disturbance for possible development into a tropical depression or storm. Once there's a well-defined center of low-level circulation, and hurricane hunters collect data on the storm, the models and resulting forecast for this potential system will become more detailed. But he says these systems tend to move more quickly than the models analyze and is expecting the area's wettest weather to be Thursday evening.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the system was centered south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and moving northwest, carrying with it a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Barbados as local meteorological officials continue to monitor the progress of a potential tropical cyclone. However, a tropical storm has not formed yet but is expected to form and impact those areas.

On average, there's one named storm in June in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico every one to two years.

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The hurricane season, which doesn't end till November 30, is expected to be rougher than usual, with 11 to 17 named storms likely to strike. If and when Bret does form, its biggest impacts may not be felt until later in the week in the form of heavy rain along already over-saturated Gulf Coast communities.

Stocking up on extra batteries, water, and a flashlight is a smart move as well for the entire hurricane season!

There's another tropical system brewing in the Atlantic as well.

The system may take shape over the central Gulf of Mexico and be pulled northward to the central Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana. Our European model wants to take the track of the system to the Southeast, possibly land-falling in Louisiana on Wednesday and then moving northeast through MS and Alabama on Thursday.