Tropical Depression 13 Forms in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico
The National Hurricane Center has started issuing advisories on Tropical Depression 13 this afternoon. The small area of low pressure in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico has become better organized during the past several hours, with thunderstorms forming over the center. Satellite imagery indicated a closed circulation. The storm is located about 60 miles east of Tampico, Mexico. Winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Tropical Depression 13 is drifting slowly to the east.
While the cyclone is currently experiencing westerly upper level shear, most of the model guidance indicate the shear should gradually lessen. Combined with the very warm Gulf of Mexico waters, this should promote strengthening. The shear could increase again in a few days, so modest long term strengthening is forecast. The system should continue to drift eastward and southward during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of the depression is expected to remain offshore of Mexico through Thursday as steering winds around the storm remain light. By Friday, a
ridge should build over Texas and the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, which is likely to steer the system southwestward at a faster pace, possibly toward the coast of Mexico.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels