We’re not even a full month into the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and we’ve already had one named storm early on in the year and weather experts are currently monitoring 2 systems for possible development.
One is located near the Yucatan Peninsula and is forecast to head into the Gulf of Mexico where it could form into a tropical depression or low-grade tropical storm. Current thinking is that this “invest” will affect an area from New Orleans to Houston, with most of the precipitation off to the east.
As of now, (June 19th) this system is posing a minimal threat to Orlando as forecasters believe the bulk of the moisture will head towards the panhandle.
The second system still has plenty of time to get something going as it’s located in the Atlantic Ocean near Barbados.
It is currently labeled “Potential Tropical Cyclone 2” as winds are estimated to be near 40 mph with a westward movement of 25mph.
This area is forecast to become a Tropical Storm as it passes just to the north of Aruba and heads in the general direction of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Both systems warrant monitoring as they could eventually affect weather in Central Florida.
Hurricane season runs until the end of November. The “peak” of the season or when the most storms have formed historically, is end of August and early September.