First Alert: Tropical Depression Nine forecast to avoid Gulf

First Alert: Tropical Depression Nine forecast to avoid Gulf
This system is currently forecast to stay away from the Pine Belt. (Source: WDAM)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Tropical Depression Nine continues to try to organize just off the Florida coast in the Bahamas. The loosely organized system has warranted some tropical storm watches for sections of the eastern Florida coastline. It is expected to move toward Florida and then turn back out to sea.

What to expect locally

Not much. Since Tropical Depression Nine has stayed so disorganized for so long, it has been shoved north, and even a bit northeast at times, even farther away from the Gulf of Mexico. This system is currently forecast to stay away from the Pine Belt. Sure, things can change, but the amount of hurdles that would need to be cleared by this system to potentially impact the Gulf Coast make mentioning the threat basically a waste of time.

What we know now

It looks like Tropical Depression Nine will stay away from the Gulf. A weakening ridge, an invading trough, mid-level shear, an upper-level low and Coriolis will all serve to shuttle PTC Nine out to sea after a quick glance with Florida.

Locally, as a ridge builds in behind the trough, it will be hot and humid with some chances for afternoon storms not related to Tropical Depression Nine this weekend.

More Info

For more scientific information on this, and other forecasts, you can get extra details and a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick’s Blog.

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