Tropical Depression Eight-E and Nine-E have formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Both are along an active line of tropical thunderstorms southeast of Hawaii.
The National Hurricane Center released advisories on both systems Thursday afternoon. Both storms are forecast to move to the west, with some slight movements to the north and south at times. Tropical Depression Nine-E is forecast to move to the south of Hawaii for now.
Interestingly if this depression strengthens into a tropical storm, it will either be called “Gilma” or “Walaka.” That’s because this tropical disturbance is straddling the line between the Eastern Pacific Ocean territory and the Central Pacific Ocean territory.
Tropical Depression Nine-E formed near 135.5 West. The cutoff between the eastern and central zones is 140 West. The storm is moving toward that 140W longitude. If this strengthens into Tropical Storm Gilma before 140 West then it will keep that name. However if it forms west of 140W then it will keep the name Walaka.
Meanwhile Tropical Depression Eight-E is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm, either Gilma or Hector depending on what 8-E does.
While the Pacific is hopping with activity, the Atlantic is quiet for now. No development is expected through the end of July.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier