NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – We aren’t even a week into the 2016 hurricane season, and there are two features presently being monitored in the Atlantic basin. Tropical Depression Bonnie has regained its tropical characteristics after unleashing heavy rains along the Carolina coastlines Memorial Day Weekend.
The warmer waters of the Gulf Stream off the Atlantic seaboard helped the reorganization process occur. Bonnie doesn’t pose any threat to land and will likely degenerate into a remnant low in the next few days.
Meanwhile in the Caribbean, a weak trough of low pressure is slowly moving towards the Gulf of Mexico. While tropical development is not likely in the next two days, once it enters the Gulf, conditions will be slightly more favorable. The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 70% chance of tropical development over the next five days.
Whether or not a depression forms, heavy rains, and gusty winds will be likely along the Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba, and Western Florida.
Officials have been saying all week long with the start of hurricane season, that you should have your emergency plan ready even though there isn’t an active system heading our way. Even if the wave does not develop, this is a great reminder that a tropical system can happen anytime, even in the earliest parts of the season.
If the system does develop, it will be named Colin.