BERMUDA LOW MAY BECOME NAMED STORM THIS WEEKEND; NO LOCAL EFFECTS… It is that time of year, unfortunately. The National Hurricane Center indicates an area of low pressure developing near Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean could briefly become a named tropical storm or subtropical storm over the next few days. The good news is this system will likely never come close to the USA. No direct local impacts from this system will happen in south Alabama or northwest Florida. This system could bring heavy rain, wind, and squalls to Bermuda over the next few days. If this system becomes a named storm, it will take the first name on the 2021 naming list: Ana (pronounced Ahh-nah, not Anna).
PRESEASON STORMS INCREASINGLY COMMON… The last several years have featured subtropical and tropical storms forming in the month of May, which is technically before the hurricane season officially begins on June 1. The National Hurricane Center, for the first time this year, started issuing routine Tropical Weather Outlooks on May 15. I would not be surprised in the years ahead if NOAA/NHC/WMO changes the official start of hurricane season back to either May 1 or more likely, May 15. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through November 30 each year.
NO IMMINENT TROPICAL CONCERNS IN THE GULF… While several runs of multiple weather models highlighted a low-end potential for tropical storm formation in the Gulf of Mexico this week, that possibility is now clearly off the table. There are no imminent tropical storm concerns in the Gulf of Mexico over the next 5-7 days.
HOT & DRY LOCALLY THIS WEEKEND… Locally, we continue our gradual transition to much warmer temperatures. High temperatures this weekend will climb to near the 90 degree mark. I expect afternoon highs across the region on Sunday to be in the low-90s. There is a growing chance for high temperatures to be in the mid-90s by the middle part of next week. Plenty of sunshine is expected this weekend into next week as a large ridge of high pressure continues to keep our area dry and hot.
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I will have your next full forecast video posted by 7:15AM tomorrow morning. Have a nice Wednesday evening!