Tropical Storm Fernand has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. As I explained yesterday, there is little chance we should be affected by this storm. Currently a large upper level ridge of high pressure is helping to block any northward turn of the system and the clockwise flow around the high pressure is helping steer Fernand westward towards Mexico. I will continue to keep an eye on it. Upon investigation, an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft had found that it is already a tropical storm. Little time remains for further intensification before it strikes land in Mexico.
Currently, the storm is moving west at 12mph with 45mph sustained winds. Current pressure is measured at 1003 mb and is located 25 miles E of the City of Veracruz, in Veracruz, Mexico.
No development is expected within the next 48 hours elsewhere. We are more or less in the peak of hurricane season so we will be paying close attention to the tropics in the coming weeks.
For a continued look into the tropics, follow the link below to the First Alert Hurricane Center.