Two tropical storms to affect the Gulf, Delta becomes a hurricane

Neither system is a threat to Texas

Two systems will impact the Gulf of Mexico this week. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

It has been a record year in the Atlantic, and now the tropics are heating up again. Tropical Storm Gamma has moved into the Gulf of Mexico, while Tropical Storm Delta has developed right behind it in the Caribbean.

Here’s what you need to know:

Tropical Depression Gamma

Gamma is a tropical depression as of Monday night. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)
  • Gamma has weakened to a Tropical depression and will meander over the Yucatan Peninsula over the next few days
  • No impacts are expected along the Texas coast as a result of Gamma

Hurricane Delta

The latest track of Hurricane Delta (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)
  • As of Monday evening, Delta has strengthened into a hurricane
  • The latest forecast track takes the system into the Gulf by Tuesday & then north toward the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coasts late this week
  • The latest track also suggest that the system could become a Category 3 hurricane as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Delta could make landfall anywhere along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama shoreline

Steering Flow

So, why are neither of these systems of big concern for Texas? It has a lot to do with how they’ll be steered over the next few days by the winds of the atmosphere. High pressure to the east and low pressure to the west will direct both systems into the Central Gulf, versus allowing them to drift east toward Florida or west toward Texas. However, both systems will be worth monitoring over the coming days. Your Weather Authority will keep you in-the-know!

Steering Flow (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

Stay Informed

To follow along with the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, bookmark our hurricane page or download the KSAT Hurricane Tracker App. You can also find your local forecast anytime - including potential impacts from Tropical Depression Twenty-Two - on the KSAT Weather page.

Types of Tropical Systems

Not all tropical systems are created equal! Meteorologist Sarah Spivey explains in the video below.

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

About the Authors:

Justin Horne is a meteorologist and reporter for KSAT 12 News. When severe weather rolls through, Justin will hop in the KSAT 12 Storm Chaser to safely bring you the latest weather conditions from across South Texas. On top of delivering an accurate forecast, Justin often reports on one of his favorite topics: Texas history.

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.