RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts this Wednesday, June 1 and it’s possible there could be something to track in the Gulf or the Caribbean later this week.
The Pacific hurricane season started on May 15 and they already had their first hurricane. Agatha was a Category 2 hurricane when it made landfall on the southern coast of western Mexico Monday afternoon.
Now, Agatha has dissipated over Mexico, but the remnants could re-develop over the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean later this week.
The National Hurricane Center now gives the remnants of the system a 70 percent chance of tropical formation in the next five days once it re-emerges over water in the Atlantic. If this happens and it becomes a named tropical system, it would have a new name. The first name of the Atlantic hurricane season this year is Alex.
Impacts on the United States at this point a very uncertain since there is so much land and time for the system to cross, but the long-range computer models do show some development of the system.
Both the European and American computer models have some type of tropical system off the southeast coast of the United States by next Monday. The systems would likely be moving away from the U.S. at that point, but it is still too early to say with any certainty what will happen.
It’s important to mention that the long-range computer models have already hinted previously this year that a tropical system would form only to have nothing happen.
If nothing forms before June 1, this would be the first time in seven years, since 2014, that we haven’t had a pre-season storm in the Atlantic.