TROPICAL STORM ON TRACK TOWARD THE GULF

Season's first tropical storm to head for Yucatan and the western Gulf.


All eyes will be on the Gulf of Mexico next week as the tropical depression that developed over the western Caribbean Friday grows to become tropical storm ALEX before hitting part of the Yucatan peninsula over the weekend. There’s a slight chance of a turn to a more northerly course early next week, although the storm may be too far south to be picked up by a cold front and a weak upper level trough over the Gulf states. This means that ALEX may continue northwestward towards the Texas coast through Wednesday. After midweek, the front will become stationary, oriented east-west along the northern Gulf coast. A blocking polar high will move from Canada to the central US causing increased easterly winds to blow over the northwest Gulf waters.
Stay tuned as we observe the impact, if any, on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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