TRACKING THE TROPICS: A look at current status of hurricane season


All is quiet right now in the Gulf of Mexico. The Eastern North Pacific is a different story. Currently, Tropical Storm Barbara is more than 1300 miles off the coast of Baja California. Earlier this week, Barbara was a major, Category 4 hurricane. Now that the storm is tracking into cooler water, it is weakening and should become a remnant low in the next 48 hours. 

Turning attention to the Gulf, of particular interest to the folks to Central Alabama, this has been a very quiet start to the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Subtropical Storm Andrea has been the only named storm so far. And for at least the next five days, the National Hurricane Center anticipates no new development. 

High pressure will dominate the Southeast through the weekend. However, a weak front will sink into the northeast Gulf, like by late Monday. This is what we will have to watch later in the week because models are hinting at the possibility of a broad low pressure system to development. If you are seeing model data floating around the internet, this is the reason why. Please take all the images with a grain of salt, since the output is about a week out. 

It is the time of year that we will be watching trends closely and keep you updated here on CBS and the Storm Team Weather App. 

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