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Watching the Gulf for possible tropical cyclone development

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Surface low pressure could form in the northern Gulf of Mexico this week. Surface low pressure could form in the northern Gulf of Mexico this week.
Most of  the rain through noon on Thursday will take place along the coast. Most of the rain through noon on Thursday will take place along the coast.
Make sure the tropical tracks layer is checked on so that you can track the tropics on our FREE KTRE Weather App. Make sure the tropical tracks layer is checked on so that you can track the tropics on our FREE KTRE Weather App.
EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The large mass of clouds and shower activity in the Gulf of Mexico is associated with an area of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere.  This trough of low pressure will be moving westward over the next couple of days and will bring us a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

This upper low tracking westward through the northern Gulf is something we will have to watch closely, as there is a small chance this could develop a surface low and become a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next few days.  Again, it is unlikely to develop at this time, but considering the Gulf waters are very warm and we are approaching the peak of hurricane season, there is always that potential for development to occur.  This is just a heads up, just so you are not caught off guard in case it were to develop.

It should be noted that even if this broad area of low pressure does not develop into a tropical cyclone, the increasing moisture levels still look to give us very good rain chances later this week and into next weekend.  Because we would be dealing with lots of deep, tropical moisture, rainfall rates would be high as any showers and thunderstorms would be efficient rain producers.  The added cloud cover and rain will also drop our daytime highs down quite a few notches, too.

Remember that you can stay up-to-date with any tropical system in the world by downloading our FREE KTRE weather app  Just make sure you click on the settings tab and check on the ‘tropical tracks' layer. 

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