Posted by: pyeager | June 24, 2011

Watching Southwestern Gulf of Mexico for Tropical Storm Arlene

By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

June is early for hurricanes to form in the Atlantic basin (even though hurricane season officially begins on June 1), but one might form in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico next week. If a named storm forms, it will be called Tropical Storm Arlene.

National Hurricane Center forecasters are not monitoring any specific region yet. and they are the experts; however, computer models indicate that tropical development might occur by early next week.

I’d show you an image, but it’s hard to see…feel free to check out Penn State’s e-wall tropical site for models.

When hurricanes or tropical sotrms form in June, it’s often close to land, such as the Gulf of Mexico, which is something I wrote about for AOL News last year. And Hurricane Alex hit the southwestern Gulf just last year.

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