Rain clouds gathering over Gulf coast

Thursday 13th August 2015

Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue over the northern and central Gulf of Mexico today, tomorrow and throughout the weekend in association with a weak stationary front. This activity should be more prevalent in the north-eastern Gulf until Friday. Over the weekend, the showers and storms will have shifted to the north-western Gulf. Tropical development is still a matter of theory only, however all eyes remain on this area over the coming weekend as the clouds gather over the Gulf coast.

Disturbance twenty four is now down to a very weak tropical wave moving west at 15 knots. This is around two days east of Central America and no development is expected before it either dissipates altogether or moves into Central America.

Disturbance twenty six has piped up around two days sailing east of the Leeward Islands and is headed west at about 12 knots. This will enhance showers and storms over the Lesser Antilles on Friday before continuing to Puerto Rico and Hispaniola over the weekend. Tropical development is not expected.

Disturbance twenty five is struggling on three days west of the Sahara coast in useless dry air and has slowed down to a hesitant 5 knots on a westerly heading. I wouldn't put money on this one.

Stand easy.