Meteorologists will be watching closely this week for history to be made in the Gulf of Mexico – the first tropical storm ever recorded there in April.
It is generally a rare occurrence for tropical depressions or storms to form in April, AccuWeather says. Tropical Storm Arlene did form over the central Atlantic in 2017, but no tropical systems have ever been documented in the Gulf in April.
Timing is everything, and a list of factors would have to line up correctly for a tropical system to develop, AccuWeather says. And tropical storm or not, a wide span of moisture will develop from Florida to the upper Gulf Coast. As of Sunday, AccuWeather says a storm could form anywhere from near the coast of the Florida Peninsula and the Keys to the Louisiana coast later this week.
“At the very least, it appears that portions of Florida will receive some much-needed rain from the ordeal,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex DaSilva said.
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