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Gamma Stays Near Mexico, Second Disturbance Bears Watching

Tropical Storm Gamma made landfall near Tulum, Mexico around midday on Saturday.

The slow-moving storm is likely to churn through the southern Gulf of Mexico and drift into the Bay of Campeche, leading to heavy rain for parts of Mexico. A stream of moisture coming off Gamma is also bringing rain to the Florida peninsula.

Another tropical depression could form in the western Caribbean early this week, which could pose more of a potential hazard for the Gulf of Mexico.


What You Need To Know

  • Tropical Storm Gamma made landfall Saturday afternoon
  • The system will likely bring heavy rain and flash flooding
  • Gamma adds to the record-breaking Atlantic season
  • Another tropical depression or storm could form in a similar region next week

Gamma made landfall in Mexico Saturday afternoon and added to what’s already been an exceptionally busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

As of now, direct impacts to the U.S. are not likely from Gamma.

Heavy rain and flash flooding are possible over the next couple of days in southeastern Mexico, Central America, and western Cuba.

Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for the northern part of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. 

Another Tropical Concern?

Another area of low pressure on the heels of Gamma could pose more of a direct threat to the Gulf of Mexico this week.

The area of low pressure has a high chance for development over the next five days as it moves into the western Caribbean.

While it’s too early to say exactly where this potential storm might be headed, computer forecast models indicate that this may move into the Gulf of Mexico next week.

There’s still a high degree of uncertainty about both the track and intensity with this system, so continue to check back in for updates.

The Record-Breaking Atlantic Season

Two other areas of low pressure have a low chance of development in the next five days. One is in the central Atlantic, while the other is east of the Lesser Antilles.

It looks like activity is starting to pick up again, and the season has already exceeded forecasted expectations. We’ve made it through the entirety of the Atlantic names list, breaking many records for earliest named storms.

The National Hurricane Center named three storms on the same day, September 18, leading to another dubious record for this hurricane season. This pushed us into the Greek alphabet.

We’ve now crossed Alpha, Beta, and Gamma off the list, all the earliest times on record for those names in the Greek alphabet.

It’s only the second time ever the Atlantic hurricane season has dipped into the Greek alphabet. We made it all the way to Zeta in the historic 2005 season.

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