Tropical potential in the Gulf could bring torrential rain & dangerous surf conditions


A developing weather system in the Gulf of Mexico is changing up the weather pattern along the Gulf Coast, bringing a better chance of daily rain showers to our area. Will it turn into something more than just a rain maker? Probably not. The National Hurricane Center has put the chance of this thing developing into an organized tropical system at just 10% over the next 48 hours. Whether it gets better organized or not, it will NOT become a hurricane and wind will not be a factor with this system.

So, what can we expect from it here in South Alabama and NW Florida? It'll bring some drought-busting downpours to our area. A daily dose of rain will help alleviate the developing drought condition we're heading towards. The best bet to get wet is Wednesday. But we have at least a decent chance of rain in the forecast through this weekend. Most areas will see at least an inch of rain this week and some areas will see 3 inches (or more), especially into northwest Florida.

We're still a couple weeks away from the official start of the 2018 hurricane season, but the above mentioned system in the Gulf has a very small chance of developing into an organized tropical system.

Please check back for updates as we track developing weather in the tropics all season long.

Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn

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