Another tropical depression formed early Monday morning in the Southern Atlantic. This time of the year Cape Verde storms become more prolific. They usually track from the South Atlantic towards the Caribbean or the Eastern seaboard. That doesn't mean the Gulf is immune, less we forget Hurricane Alicia was an August cyclone that formed off the Texas Louisiana coast. Tropical depression number four is fighting moderate shear aloft along with some dry Saharan air to the North. It will speed up and sling shot between an upper low in the Caribbean and the Bermuda ridge. The storm will encounter more shear on its way through the Atlantic so any significant strengthening will be limited.
The official Hurricane Center track is indicating the formation of a tropical storm some time tonight . The storm remains static until the end of the track East of the Bahamas Saturday morning. Following the projected track, the cyclone does not appear to be a major threat to Texas or the Eastern states.
The latest hurricane models are in agreement with the official track and show re-curvature towards the end of the model runs.
HOT AUGUST START HOUSTON
August is off to a hot start with near 100 degree readings common place over the last couple of days. Readings will once again approach 100 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday with a heat advisory likely as moisture levels rise under a sea breeze. We will be tracking the heat and the tropics all week.