Alexandra Cranford / WWL Eyewitness News Forecast Team
A weekly discussion of the tropics from the Eyewitness News Forecast Team
Here’s some good news: we’re approaching the meaty part of hurricane season, but the tropics are still pretty quiet.
We normally see a big uptick in named storms after the calendar switches over to August. Models are hinting the tropics will get more active by mid-August, but things should stay fairly calm to start out the month.
There are just a couple of things to discuss this week:
1. The remnants of Tropical Storm Dorian are hanging north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Some scattered rain will spread through the Bahamas and maybe even into south Florida. No circulation is showing up, and models show this system gradually fizzling out as it drifts westward.
2. High pressure is still dominating the Gulf, so no big activity is expected there in the next several days.
3. A bigger threat for storms exists this week on the other side of North America. There's a moderate risk for storm development on the western side of Mexico. Any storms that spawn there should spin westward over open waters and not pose much threat to land.
Things can change quickly, so keep watching your tropical video updates from the Eyewitness Forecast Team. Carl, Laura, Derek and Alexandra post new updates several times a day.
Remember to check back next week for an updated Talkin' Tropics discussion. Every week, we'll post a fresh tropics forecast for the week ahead.