MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The National Hurricane Center is watching for another tropical depression to form in the Gulf of Mexico later today. Invest 90-L has a really good chance to potentially become Wilfred in the coming days.
Thunderstorm activity associated with a low pressure system located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico has increased in coverage and organization this morning. In addition, recent satellite-derived surface wind data indicate that the low has become better defined. Upper-level winds are expected to gradually become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or so while the low meanders over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance later today, if necessary. The chance of development is at 70% over the next 48 hours and 90% over the next five days.
An elongated area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development during the next few days, and a tropical depression could form before upper-level winds become less favorable over the weekend. The low is forecast to move west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph during the next several days. The chance of development is at 40% over the next 48 hours and 60% over the next five days.
It’s important to note that neither of these systems pose a threat to the Carolinas at this time.