RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Right on schedule for the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, we have a new tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Depression Two formed Tuesday afternoon in the northeast part of the Gulf of Mexico. Hunter hunters investigated the depression Friday morning and found no evidence of it intensifying.
The depression will meander in the Gulf while traveling slowly south toward Cuba.
Unfavorable conditions, including strong wind shear, will likely keep the system from better organizing into a tropical storm, though it can’t be completely ruled out. Regardless of further development, it will stay well away from North Carolina and instead bring rain across Florida over the coming days.
This is technically not the first system of the year, since the National Hurricane Center determined in early May that a system off the northeastern coast of the United States in January should have been designated a subtropical storm.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season started today, June 1, and runs through November 30.