What has been a quiet Atlantic hurricane season got a bit livelier over the weekend as an area of disturbed weather boiled up off the east coast of Florida. Senior Hurricane Specialist Jack Beven of the National Hurricane Center says for now Tampa Bay residents don’t need to be worried about the low pressure system known as Invest 98. “I would just say to keep an eye on it, but it’s just one of many dozens of distrubances that the Hurricane Center tracks every year and only has a 20 percent chance of turning into anything more out of the ordinary,” Beven told joltleft.com.To see the latest official tropical weather update from the National Hurricane Center click here.
Some early computer models showed the system crossing the Florida peninsula with one of them projecting a path directly over the Tampa Bay area. However, the computer models now suggest a move to the northeast along Florida’s east coast and the up the Atlantic Seaboard, but Beven says that’s not a certainty. “There are a variety of solutions and it’s difficult to pinpoint where this thing might wind up, especially when it doesn’t have a well defined center.”If you’d like to see some of the computer models that forecasters are consulting click here.
As for how much impact the system might have on the Tampa Bay weather pattern, Beven says it may not be much since there is no guarantee that it will spend any time over land and it seems unlikely to head toward the Tampa Bay area at all.