June 1st marked the official start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. While this year won’t mimic 2012 when two named storms had formed during the first week of the hurricane season, there is a potential tropical threat trying to take shape in the southern Gulf of Mexico and northwest Caribbean.
The system that’s churning now is not an organized storm but it has begun to produce some significant rainfall and thunderstorm activity. If that activity continues to develop, there’s a good chance that a tropical depression or storm could form during the next few days. Regardless if that happens or not, this system is going to move towards the state of Florida to threaten residents all across the Sunshine State with heavy rains, flooding and even the chance of tornadoes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA for short, is predicting thirteen to twenty named storms for 2013 of which between three and five will become major hurricanes. This prediction follows a very destructive 2012 season where Superstorm Sandy went down in the history books as being one of the most destructive storms ever to hit the United States. Sandy absolutely devastated the Jersey Shore and coastline of New York. Sandy was a stark reminder that many areas can go years without being hit by a hurricane and that any town or state that’s situated on the coastline need to be prepared for a possible hurricane strike.
Now back to the system that’s churning in the southern Gulf of Mexico. As of Wednesday morning, the unsettled weather in the Gulf appears to be more impressive in satellite images than it has over the past few days. It is likely that that system will organize itself more as it marches straight for the state of Florida by week’s end. It’s even feasible that the system will also impact the Mid-Atlantic region including Washington DC by the weekend. Forecasters are saying that the system should make landfall somewhere toward northern Florida Thursday evening into Friday morning.