The east Pacific hurricane season began on May 15 and so far, nothing has developed. I think that changes this week as a favorable pattern for convective activity moves across the region.
As of early this morning, the NHC was monitoring an area of elongated low pressure well to the south of the Baja peninsula. The forecast calls for it to gradually become better organized with an 80% chance of it developing in to a tropical cyclone within the next five days. In fact, computer models suggest it will become a hurricane over the fairly warm water of the east Pacific.
Those same models also project a path away from land which means the system can get as strong as it wants without any impact to Mexico.
In the Atlantic, the remnants of short-lived tropical storm Bonnie continue to hang out near the Carolina coast with occasional bursts of limited convection taking place. Right now, conditions just aren’t very favorable for regeneration to occur, especially considering that water temps are marginal at best in the vicinity of the remnant low. However, its presence does mean the chance for heavy, but spotty, rain will persist over the next few days across parts of North and South Carolina, especially the immediate coast. In addition, the risk of rip currents still exists so be sure to check your local surf conditions if heading to the ocean this week. The low is forecast by the major models to slowly move out by the end of the week.
Tomorrow begins the Atlantic hurricane season, at least officially. We have already had two named systems form: Alex in January which became a hurricane, and most recently, Bonnie just off the Southeast coast. Fortunately, there is very little evidence to suggest that this will lead to a hyper-active season for the Atlantic. Since neither system formed from pure tropical origins, we cannot point to them and say with any certainty that they are a harbinger of things to come. The meat of the hurricane season doesn’t begin until late August – if the months leading up to that point feature true tropical development, including any hurricanes, then maybe we can expect a busier season than average. Otherwise, most of the larger, easier to identify puzzle pieces suggest a season with roughly 6 to 8 more hurricanes forming. Out of those it would not be unreasonable to suggest that perhaps 2 or 3 will become category three or higher. There are other less certain aspects of the season that could lead to higher or lower overall numbers, we simply won’t know until we’re about there unfortunately. So, it’s best to be ready for anything. As people witnessed first-hand along parts of I-95 in SC and GA this weekend, even a weak tropical storm can bring mayhem.
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M. Sudduth 9:20 AM ET May 31