Weekend Watch of the Tropics

Weather in Greater Houston will be mostly uneventful this weekend, but at the height of the hurricane season, the tropics and Atlantic are unusually active.

As Depression 19 sweeps across South Florida Saturday morning it threatens to strengthen to Tropical Storm Sally later today as it enters the warm Gulf of Mexico waters.The cone currently sends most of the moisture to the east of the Texas Gulf Coast and will likely bring rain to coastal areas of Louisiana.

That’s just one of six systems the National Hurricane Center is monitoring.

Disturbance 1 isn’t expected to form into a storm but will bring tropical moisture to Greater Houston as rain late Sunday and Monday.

Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene as still active in the Atlantic, Paulette threatening the Bermuda’s with heavy rain as Rene spins itself out by Thursday without getting close to landfall.

Disturbance 2 has an 80% chance of formation in the next 48 hours. It’s several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Western Africa.

Disturbance 3 is a tropical wave near the Cabo Verdes Islands and has a 30% chance of formation by Monday.

photo: National Hurricane Center

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