What can we expect in the days and weeks ahead?
We are entering into the most active month for hurricanes, also known as tropical cyclones, with the peak being the second week of September. Currently, there are two systems that forecasters have their eye on. Tropical Storm Katia located west of the Lesser Antilles, is expected to reach hurricane strength, but models are forecasting this storm to move into the northern Atlantic and not affect the United States. A tropical depression is located in the central Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to develop further, and head towards Texas. Whether or not this moves towards the southeastern states remains to be seen, as will if it will have any impacts on our weather.
The tropics are becoming busy, and as we learned recently, tropical systems can affect our area with destructive results. Currently, it is not imminent that we will see another hurricane or tropical storm, but residents do need to monitor current weather forecasts for any potential systems.