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Development in the Gulf of Mexico

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Thursday, June 21


There is currently an active Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.

(Floater 1)
T.S. Chris

Tropical Storm (TS) Chris is located at 39.9N & 44.8W and is centered about 1,010mi SouthEast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Chris has Max Sustained winds of 60mph and a Min Central pressure of 995mb (29.38") and is moving ENE (65) at 20mph.

After satellite analysis, T.S. Chris has a clearly defined center of circulation and has been taking on a classical Tropical Cyclone shape during the last several hours. This is showing organization and intensification. Little chance in strength is expected today as the storm begins its turn to the NE, then the North. Chris is entering an area that is not conducive for development. Cooler SST's (Sea Surface Temperatures) and greater shear values in advance of another upper-level weather feature will inhibit further development.
Chris will begin its turn to the NE, then the North and NW before being dissolved by another system.
T.S. Chris will not affect the Gulf Coast.

(Floater 2)
An area of low pressure is over the SouthCentral GoM (Gulf of Mexico) and is producing a large area of Clouds, Showers and Thunderstorms that extends from the NorthWestern Caribbean Sea, Northward, into the SouthEastern GoM and Florida.
Strong upper-level winds over the GoM are expected to diminish in a day or so, and some gradual development of this system is possible as the disturbance moves slowly Northward, toward the Central GoM.
This system has a Medium chance (30%) of becoming a Tropical Cyclone during the next 48 hours.

There are NO Coastal Watches or Warnings in effect.

Elsewhere, tropical development is not expected during the next 48 hours.

For a continued look into the tropics, follow the link below to the Storm Team 5 Hurricane Center.


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