Atlantic tropics still hot, but no immediate Gulf threats

Welcome to the weekend! Some rain chances will return to Houston later on Sunday, and most days next week. But it’s nothing we’re concerned about. In response to a number of questions about the tropics, however, we wanted to provide an update on all of the activity out there. We have a lot of it in the Atlantic.

As we get deeper into September, the Atlantic tropics remain active. (NOAA/Space City Weather)

Hurricane Jose

This storm, which has been waggling around the tropical Atlantic for days, finally is beginning to follow a track—and this track may eventually lead to some tropical effects for the East coast. Here’s a look at the European model ensemble forecast for the center of Jose on Wednesday morning, which shows a fairly large tropical storm or hurricane moving up the east coast, but offshore, early next week.

European model Hurricane Jose position forecast for Wednesday morning. (Weather Bell)

Most of the model guidance suggests the storm will turn northeast by around Tuesday or Wednesday, and this would keep the center away from Long Island and Boston, Mass. Right now for those locations I’d expect some gusty conditions and swells, but nothing too significant. Some areas of Boston and Cape Cod could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, but again, nothing too extreme.

If the track for Jose moves west and brings the center to shore, and the storm becomes stronger than forecast, its effects could become more concerning.

Tropical Depression 14

This system isn’t really of much concern, because wind shear should effectively crush it in two or three days, long before it reaches land. (Note in the 10am CT update from the National Hurricane Center, this became Tropical Storm Lee.)

Potential Tropical Cyclone 15

Unfortunately this storm is likely to be of more concern as it moves toward the Caribbean islands next week, and potentially the United States after that. Right now areas like Puerto Rico and Hispaniola should begin to watch the development of this system closely as the cyclone has the potential to become a major hurricane next week.

European model forecast for position of Potential Tropical Cyclone 15 on Saturday, Sept. 23. (Weather Bell/Space City Weather)

I’m pretty confident this storm is not a concern for Texas or western Gulf of Mexico at this time, but with this very active hurricane season I think we’ll need to at least pay some attention to the tropics for a little while longer. And we’ll do just that for you.

8 thoughts on “Atlantic tropics still hot, but no immediate Gulf threats

  1. SimplieAmazing

    Sending your link to friends in Boston so I know that they get the story straight. Would appreciate it if you keep us posted on Jose as much as you can.

    Thanks for all you guys do!

  2. Brian

    Hoping Jose blows out and stays away and PC5 stays away also. We have a east coast trip planned week after next (Boston, NY, Philly, and DC). Would be my luck to travel into a hurricane or have one wonder in the western gulf while I was gone.

  3. LissieBelle

    You guys have been a real blessing and a source of straight forward information. I’ve been sharing your website with friends and family. Thank you so very much!

  4. Alex

    Good afternoon,
    So, in a few words, in Your opinion, should Texas, or any part of Gulf shout be concerned about TD 15?,
    I understand that we always should be vigilant…, but is it a real threat for the Gulf Coast?
    Thanks again

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