Tropical Depression Nine forms; heading for the Gulf | Tracking the Tropics

Tracking the Tropics
October 02 2021 06:00 pm

As Tropical Depression Nine tracks Northwest past Cuba tomorrow, it will likely steadily start to consolidate into a more well-defined tropical system.  If it becomes a tropical storm by that time, it would get either the name Ida, or Julian, depending on what the area of interest further out at sea in the Central Atlantic does.

Over the weekend, very warm ocean temperatures (~85°F right now) in the Gulf of Mexico could fuel further strengthening, into potentially a hurricane as early as Saturday evening.  Current forecast model guidance strongly supports this possibility.  However, what is NOT known yet at this time is where exactly this potential storm would bring the most impacts once it reaches the US mainland.  We’re currently too far away to know those details with any realistic degree of certainty.  What we DO know is that most of the Deep South & Gulf coastal areas should prepare for impacts from a potential tropical system as early as Sunday evening, mostly Monday & into Tuesday.

Once again, our forecast for next week in Central AL is highly dependent on what this system does.  For now, expect a good chance for waves of heavy rain & gusty winds here at home on Monday & Tuesday.

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