Published: August 2,2017
Following on the heels of surprising Tropical Storm Emily, a new area of low pressure has now formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring another threat of heavy rain to portions of Florida into Thursday.
Fortunately for residents of the Sunshine State, the odds of another tropical depression or tropical storm developing are slim.
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Satellite and radar imagery indicate there may be a pair of low pressure areas along the remnant of an old frontal boundary in the central and northeast Gulf of Mexico.
Neither is producing terribly organized thunderstorms, but one circulation less than 100 miles west of Cedar Key, Florida, is probably producing the most thunderstorms as of Wednesday morning.
A second area of low pressure is farther southwest over the central Gulf of Mexico, with rather limited shower activity.
Current Radar, Satellite, Watches and Warnings
Due to strong upper-level winds over the central and northeast Gulf of Mexico and the proximity to dry air, the National Hurricane Center assigns only a low chance of development into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next five days.
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Current Satellite and Wind Shear
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Some thunderstorms may produce rain rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour, which could lead to localized areas of flash flooding.
Emily developed in a similar fashion to this system – from a small area of low pressure along a washed-out front. Therefore, it bears watching despite the low chance of development into a tropical depression or tropical storm.
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Check back to weather.com for updates in the days ahead.
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