Something to watch in the gulf into next weekend, heat builds this week

As the calendar turns to June, there is plenty to talk about as far as the weather. The first item of interest that has our attention is what could be a tropical disturbance in the Gulf later this week. This is from what could be a rare Central American “crossover” from a current tropical disturbance in the Pacific. If conditions are right and the disturbance holds together as it passes over the mountains of Central America, it could re-intensify in the Gulf as the waters are very warm.

If something does form, where do we think it will go? Current ensembles are showing a possible landfall somewhere from Louisiana to Texas, so there are no worries about a Carolina landfall. We are very far away from any impacts at this point, perhaps other than some rain down the road. A concern for impacts from this system would be torrential rains for the already inundated parts of inland Texas, and flooding in Louisiana should it hit there instead.

The other story we are tracking is a sudden heatwave starting on Wednesday this week. Temperatures will climb into the 90s, and that may be the trend for our area at least through Saturday. During these heatwaves in June comes the concern for damaging lines of thunderstorms, or “bow echoes” which are known as an MCS or derecho. The pattern will be ripe for those this week, so that is also something to keep in mind in addition to the building heat.

Somewhere in the Carolinas a 95 degree reading is not out of the question this week. It could happen in either SC or NC.

Remember to take it easy if you are working outdoors or have to spend time outdoors and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It will suddenly be summer!

Check back for the latest as we will update you on the potential storms this week.



Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!