Watching the Tropics: Two systems headed to the Gulf

Impacts to Texas Coast still unclear

Active tropical systems in the Atlantic basin; Valid Friday, August 21st (KSAT 12)

SAN ANTONIO – Atlantic hurricane season peaks from mid-August to mid-October. Right on cue, the Atlantic Basin is heating up.

Typically, the peak of hurricane season is from mid-August to mid-October (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

Tropical Storm Laura

Tropical Depression Thirteen strengthened into Tropical Storm Laura Friday morning near the Leeward Islands. As of Friday evening, it was maintaining its Tropical Storm status.

Latest stats for Tropical Storm Laura; Valid Friday, August 21st (KSAT 12)

The latest track from the National Hurricane Center takes Tropical Storm Laura west toward the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Florida Keys over the next four days.

Latest track for Tropical Storm Laura; Valid Friday, August 21st (KSAT 12)

Tropical Depression Fourteen

Tropical Depression Fourteen developed Thursday morning in the Caribbean. As of Friday evening, it’s still at Tropical Depression status. However, further strengthening is expected and the system could become a Tropical Storm by Saturday.

Latest stats for Tropical Depression Fourteen; Valid Friday, August 21st (KSAT 12)

By early next week, this system is expected to move into the Central Gulf of Mexico. However, confidence in how it could affect our South Texas forecast at this time is still low.

Latest track for Tropical Depression Fourteen; Valid Friday, August 21st (KSAT 12)

Impact to Texas Coast

As mentioned above, it is still too early to know what kind of impacts -- if any -- these two systems could bring to parts of the Texas Gulf Coast. We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date and informed in our forecasts online and on-air.

You can follow along with Your Weather Authority as we continue to track the tropics by downloading the KSAT Weather Authority app for Apple or Android and allow notifications for updates, including livestreams from KSAT meteorologists.

Our KSAT Hurricane Tracker app also allows you to monitor the tropics from your phone during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs until November 30.

Types of Tropical Systems

Tropical systems have various names, depending on their wind strength. Watch the video below as KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to explain the different tropical categories.

KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to describe the different types of tropical systems.

Latest Video Forecast

The latest on the tropical system moving toward the Gulf of Mexico

About the Authors:

Sarah Spivey is a San Antonio native who grew up watching KSAT. She has been a proud member of the KSAT Weather Authority Team since 2017. Sarah is a Clark High School and Texas A&M University graduate. She previously worked at KTEN News. When Sarah is not busy forecasting, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and cat, and playing music.

Kaiti Blake is a child weather-geek-turned-meteorologist. A member of the KSAT Weather Authority, Kaiti is a co-host of the Whatever the Weather video podcast. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Kaiti worked at WJTV 12 in Jackson, Mississippi and KTAB in Abilene.