The Atlantic hurricane season is picking up activity, with forecasters monitoring the Western Gulf of Mexico plus the Central and Eastern Tropical Atlantic.

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Scientists and forecasters communicated several days ago the changes to the 2023 hurricane season predictions. In a few short days, we will enter the peak hurricane season when activity picks up in late August through October.

READ MORE: Altered 2023 Hurricane Outlook: What It Means for Alabama

Now we have some Atlantic basin action.

National Hurricane Center
National Hurricane Center

Western Gulf of Mexico

The National Hurricane Center said that “a broad area of low pressure could form in the central or western Gulf of Mexico by the beginning of next week. Some slow development of this system is possible thereafter as it moves westward and approaches the western Gulf of Mexico coastline by the middle of next week.”

Formation Chances

Near zero chance of formation in the next 48 hours.

Low (20 percent) chance in the next 7 days.

James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that this system is “moving in the direction of the Texas coast; it has the potential to bring some welcomed and beneficial rain to cities there in 5-7 days.”

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Central Tropical Atlantic

This system has the potential to develop into a tropical depression gradually and tracks west or west-northwest.

These “disorganized showers and thunderstorms located over the central tropical Atlantic are associated with an elongated trough of low pressure centered about 750 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands,” said the National Hurricane Center.

Formation Chances

Low (30 percent) chance of formation in the next 48 hours.

Medium (50 percent) in the next 7 days.

Eastern Tropical Atlantic

Moving west-northwest at 15 mph, this tropical wave off Africa’s west coast is disorganized at this time. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring as a “tropical depression could form over the weekend before environmental conditions become unfavorable early next week.”

Formation Chances

Low (20 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours

Medium (40 percent) chance in the next 7 days.

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