New hurricane may be forming; Gulf may see disturbance

Tropical waves increase rain chances as early as late weekend

Satellite image shows shows potential storm 'stronger than Ophelia' heading for Ireland

A year ago, Irma had rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane way out in the far eastern Atlantic.

If this moves into the Gulf of Mexico, we may have to watch it for potential tropical development as well. Immediate tropical development remains extremely unlikely as the wave is being impact by strong wind shear. "This area will increase our rain chances by the end of the holiday Labor Day weekend".

Finally, while the tropical wave now over the Lesser Antilles is showing some increase in shower and thundershower activity, immediate tropical development is extremely unlikely due to high levels of wind shear.

According to Met Éireann, however, reports of a tropical storm headed Ireland's way in the coming weeks are somewhat premature, for the time being at least and likely to be wide of the mark.

Far out in the Atlantic Ocean, a system is developing that is expected to eventually turn into Hurricane Florence. Then once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, it could get slightly better organized and affect the northern Gulf Coast between Tuesday and Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center has already begun issuing advisories on what it calls "potential tropical cyclone six", which is just off the west coast of Africa and was expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands on Friday.

Friday's forecast will be muggy, with some afternoon storms.

As if on cue, the tropical Atlantic has cranked up a couple of tropical systems as the annual hurricane season moves into its peak period.

The name after Florence is Gordon.

We've certainly been getting a proper taste of the seasons over the past year, with Storm Ophelia last autumn, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma in the winter/spring and sizzling temperatures and drought in the summer.

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