Two Disturbances Could Bring Tropical Troubles to Southeast This Week
It’s that time of year, and it’s starting to act like it.
One tropical system is already bringing trouble to parts of the Gulf Coast, and another one could bring more high surf and heavy rain to parts of the Atlantic coastline over the coming days as the tropics start to heat up during the climatological peak of Atlantic hurricane season.
The first system, currently battering the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastlines with heavy rainfall and high surf, is moving inland, and although it is unlikely to become a tropical cyclone as it pushes through the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to move onshore later Monday, bringing mostly beneficial rainfall across the Southeast over the next few days, particularly on Monday. Cities such as Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama could receive up to 2″ of needed moisture, with locally higher amounts.
Numerous tornado warnings dotted the New Orleans, Louisiana metropolitan area in association with the Gulf low on Sunday morning, although no tornadoes were actually reported.
Another area of low pressure, meanwhile, northeast of the Bahamas is gaining organization and convection, leading the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to put a 60 percent chance of development of the system in its 2pm EDT update, labeled Invest-98L, over the next two days. The system is slowly meandering towards the mid-Atlantic coastline, although most of the computer models keep it offshore, it warrants considerable watching, particularly if it strengthens into the Atlantic basin’s tenth-named storm of the 2015 season. If it were to become a tropical storm, it would acquire the name Joaquin.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on these two systems and the tropics.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi