Just a few days after the onset of the hurricane season in the Atlantic in 2019 in the Gulf of Mexico face the threat of tropical storms.
This wave is now in the Bay of Campeche and has a 60% chance of tropical development by Wednesday.
Recent satellite data indicate that circulation of a low pressure system located over the southern Bay of Campeche has become a little better defined Saturday. Check in with weather forecasts on a daily basis in the event anything forms while you are away - and have a "what to do" plan in case tropical advisories are issued for your area.
The KPRC2 Severe Weather Team is watching a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico this week, which could play a role in Houston's forecast.
If it does strengthen into a tropical storm, it will be named Barry.
Should the feature manage to stay offshore and take a more northward track, perhaps paralleling the Mexico and South Texas coast, the chance of development to a tropical storm may be significantly greater.
A frontal boundary will stall in the area by mid week, helping to draw up this deep moisture, and possibly produce some heavy rainfall in or near the region.
The disturbance has a 40% chance of developing into a depression over the next 48 hours, forecasters said.
At the very least it is a reminder that hurricane season has started.