Tropical Development Possible In The Atlantic and Gulf Next Week


For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Satellite images indicate that an area of disturbed weather
associated with a tropical wave is located about 1800 miles east of
the southern Windward Islands. This disturbance has become
better organized today, and additional development is possible
during the next day or two before conditions become less favorable
for tropical cyclone formation.  This system is expected to continue
moving toward the west at 15-20 mph over the tropical Atlantic
during the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

2. Surface pressures are falling in the western Caribbean Sea and
the areal coverage of the disturbed weather has continued to
increase. Conditions appear to be favorable for gradual development
of this system while it moves slowly northwestward across the
Yucatan Peninsula this weekend and into the south central Gulf of
Mexico early next week.  Regardless of development, heavy rains are
likely to spread over portions of Central America, the Yucatan
Peninsula and western Cuba during the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

-National Hurricane Center (NWS)