The tropics are really starting to heat up with the area of interest that soaked Florida yesterday now developing and entering an area more favorable for development. Also, the first Atlantic hurricane formed just this morning. Is it a threat? Read ahead for more details.
We do officially have the first Atlantic hurricane this season--Chris, with winds of 75 MPH. It poses no threat to land, fortunately, and only shipping interests should have any concern in Chris. It is expected to weaken starting tonight as it hits cooler waters.
The one that poses the greatest threat to land isn't even a TD yet, but looking at where it's headed and its pace of development, there appears to be a good chance that we might see something form in the Gulf Of Mexico soon. Yesterday, this disturbance drenched South Florida with increased rainfall activity but fortunately, there was no major flooding...unlike what Minnesota saw on the other hand from a completely different weather system. It's tagged as an Invest, and has a 50% chance of TC formation by Friday afternoon. Interests along the Northern Gulf Coast may still be in for a wet weekend/start to next week even if we don't see something form. So there's something brewing close to home and while not a significant concern at this time, it's really something that would be wise to watch.
I'll have an update tomorrow, on the latest on whether the Gulf Coast threat increases or fizzles and the latest on Chris.