Monday June 19

Three weeks into the 2017 Hurricane Season and the Caribbean is heating up. There are two systems under scrutiny but the first one to get names is the one farther east. Tropical Storm Bret is entering the Greater Antilles and appears to be skirting the coast of South America and eventually weaken with unfavorable conditions over this week.  The second storm drifting north into the Gulf of Mexico could be named Cindy as the National Hurricane Center gives that an 80% by Tuesday. That is the one with plenty of moisture for Mexico’s Yucatan and will impact the US Gulf Coast

Note: We need to watch this in the Mid Atlantic as the long range patter could bring that moisture our way and set up a new pattern. Considering the persistence of storms in the Nation’s heartland, this system could shift the focus eastward and get us in on more of that action. Given the dry start to June, we are due for a change.


Tropical Storm Bret


Potential Tropical Storm Three


This storm is like to be named Tuesday or Wednesday. There is a tremendous tropical plume of moist with it, but the time may run out for it to fully develop as it is expected to move onshore somewhere between New Orleans and east Texas. There is some wiggle room with the precise track, and then what it may do onshore. But the notion is flooding rain along the coast, and then a curve that could bring the remnant Low into the Mid Atlantic by this weekend.


Rainfall Potential


Tracking Inland

Check out the Upper Level Plot on Thursday…. Here we see the disturbance in western Louisiana, but more importantly the ridge off the SouthEast US Coast. The weakness around that ridge, plus the trough to the north should allow the storms to curve and head towards the Mid Atlantic. No where to pin this down due to how tropical systems can vary with forward speed and location onshore. So this is just a trend to follow into the weekend.


Early Model Projections

Also See:

2017 Tropical Outlook and Atlantic Names

History of naming tropical storms and hurricanes



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