Potential Tropical Disturbance in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Weather Outlook 5/14/2018 8:35A (National Hurricane Center)

Forecasters are closely watching a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, which the National Hurricane Center says could take on "some subtropical or tropical characteristics while it moves slowly northward ... during the next few days."  Hurricane season begins on June 1st; and while it's not unprecedented to have a named storm before the actual start of the season, it's also fairly rare.

No telling what happens here. As of Monday morning, the NHC predicts a 40% chance of development into a tropical cyclone over the next five days. At the very least, it should push up our chance for rain over the next few days -- more likely beginning tomorrow. And if some rain represents the worst of this system, that's great for Gulf Coast lawns and vegetation.

Yes, it's been really dry. The Climate Prediction Center says we're at the first level of a drought, with abnormally dry conditions. So some rain will be a welcome relief... and hopefully cool us down a bit from these sweltering temps. The previous record high was 94 degrees for Mobile, set back in 1881. As of 12:56PM, the National Weather Service already has Mobile listed at 95 degrees. (It's 93 in Downtown Mobile).

Record High for Mobile on This Date

Anyone else think it's way too hot for May? 

Check the forecast from NBC15


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