Live: Satellite loops of Katia
Katia has rapidly intensified over the past 24 hours with winds up by 25 mph (from 40 mph to 65 mph) from this time yesterday. A strong tropical storm, Katia will likely strengthen into a hurricane later today or tonight across the open waters of the Atlantic.
But while we continue to monitor Katia’s status as it churns across the Atlantic, a tropical wave slowly moving through the northwestern Caribbean could pose a more immediate threat to the United States, particularly the Gulf Coast.
The slow moving tropical wave will continue to move west-northwest cutting across the Yucatan Peninsula before entering the southern Gulf of Mexico.
LIVE: Satellite loop of tropical wave or area of interest over the western Caribbean
With 80+ degree sea surface temperatures and high ocean heat content values, the tropical wave could easily erupt into tropical storm Lee.
There is inconsistency in this tropical wave’s exact track, but if it moves across the western Gulf, it will provide much needed rain across the drought stricken areas of Texas and Louisiana, especially considering that it’s a slow mover. My thinking is that the wind currents will be too strong for the tropical wave to continue a northwest motion and will likely get pulled/steered by the currents. If this happens, the tropical wave or storm will affect areas with drenching rain anywhere from the Louisiana coast to the Panhandle of Florida.
Arrival time for this to affect the Gulf Coast will be by Saturday. Around that time we will have a better handle on the situation. The days leading to then, interest along the Yucatan and the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida will need to monitor this developing situation closely. This also includes oil, gas, and energy companies with oil rigs/platforms offshore the Texas and Louisiana Coast.
Stay tuned for updates on this developing tropical wave!
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