Jun 5, 2013 5:09 PM by Daniel Phillips

First Tropical System of the Season Possible in the Gulf

Over the passed few days a cluster of thunderstorms have caught meteorologists attention. They have slowly organized and have drifted northward, and although the center of the storm is hard to find it looks like it might become the first tropical storm of the season.

Conditions in the Gulf don't favor any rapid dramatic increase in strength, but it does appear that this could be Tropical Storm Andrea by the time it reaches Florida. Warm Gulf waters are fueling the system and despite it being a named storm or not it will bring wet weather to the Sunshine State.

Landfall looks to be around the Big Bend of Florida Thursday evening/night. They system will bring heavy rains from about Tampa to just east of Destin. The impact from this storm on Louisiana will be minimal and other then churning up the offshore waters won't have much of an effect on our weather.

Tropical moisture from the system may work its way into Louisiana but that will only slightly increase rain chances. A big patch of dry air in the Western Gulf will keep it from making a quick turn west, and limit its strength.

It is a very good reminder, however, that we are now officially in hurricane season and if you haven't done so already to start making your hurricane preparedness plan for the 2013 season.


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