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Thursday evening Tropics check (06/01/2017)

hurricane forecast (caution sign)
Posted at 2:45 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 19:02:03-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- With the start of the 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season today, we resume the twice-daily updates of activity in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and the vase North Atlantic Ocean for any hints or signs of action that may have an impact on possible tropical cyclone development.

The only noteworthy feature is a wave of moisture, rather stretched out across the western Gulf, that is being impacted by a swift upper-level flow nearby.  This upper stream of air and moisture will continue to provide general rain and thunderstorm development over Gulf waters through the next couple of days.

A cold front will attempt to sink toward the northern Gulf over the weekend.  The upper winds are likely to remain active, stalling the front.

A few indications of ragged organization of the wave of moisture are being detected in mid-range forecast modeling.  Because of the expected disruptive upper winds, any slight strengthening of the disturbance is forecast to be slow.  Regardless, areas of heavy rain are possible early next week across the eastern Gulf of Mexico and adjacent land areas.

Other than this, there are no other areas of tropical concern in the Atlantic basin.