A low-pressure system that has been meandering for days in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Campeche may finally be ready for the big time.
The National Hurricane Center expects the system, now over the southwestern Gulf, to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm today.
The low-pressure system spent a lot of time in the northern Gulf as Hurricane Sally approached from the east-southeast. It drifted off the south-southwest while lacking conditions to strengthen.
Thunderstorm activity has continued to increase and become better organized this morning.
Upper-level winds are gradually becoming more conducive for development and, if this recent development trend continues, a tropical depression or a tropical storm could form later today.
The low is expected to meander over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico for
the next day or so before moving slowly northward to northeastward on Friday and Saturday.
Movement north to northeast could pose a hurricane threat to any part of the United States between Texas and Florida.
Much of South Louisiana remains in the recovery phase following Hurricane Laura. Meanwhile, the remnants of Hurricane Sally, which made landfall Wednesday along the Alabama-Florida coast, are dumping rain across the Southeastern United States.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the Gulf of Mexico disturbance this afternoon.
The next tropical system will be named “Wilfred,” which will exhaust the standard list of hurricane names for 2020. Should another system develop after Wilfred, it will bear the first letter of the Greek alphabet, “Alpha.”