In the dry summer months, we often look to tropical systems to bring us much-needed rain. For the remainder of the week, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the Gulf of Mexico, as a tropical wave could bring drought relief for at least some Texans.
What We Know
- A tropical wave has a 40% chance to become more organized Wednesday (6/29) and Thursday (6/30). If a well-defined center of low-pressure develops, it would become a tropical depression. If it gains wind speeds of 39 mph, it would become a tropical storm and the next named system. Regardless of development, this tropical wave will likely NOT become a hurricane.
- There is still some uncertainty as to where the wave will go, however chances favor an eastward track.
- If it stays to the east of San Antonio, we’ll be dry.
- However, those along the Texas Gulf Coast should monitor forecast updates closely. Heavy rains are expected along the Texas Coast Thursday (6/30) and Friday (7/1)
Types of Tropical Systems
There are several types of tropical systems, or cyclones. Meteorologist Sarah Spivey explains below.