BAY OF CAMPECHE – Despite two preseason tropical storms (Arthur and Bertha), Atlantic hurricane season did not officially begin until Monday.
It’s a busy first day of the season for forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami as they have begun issuing advisories on Tropical Depression 3.
The disturbance was once known as Tropical Storm Amanda and was being tracked as part of the Eastern Pacific hurricane basin. Amanda moved over land and dissipated, but its remnants have reorganized into a tropical depression. If the disturbance can strengthen into a tropical storm or hurricane, it will be known as “Cristobal.”
Model data does not have a good handle on where this disturbance may go, but areas along the Gulf Coast like Texas and Louisiana will be watching closely.
This hurricane season is likely to be an active one. Forecasters at Colorado State University, NC State University and NOAA are all predicting “above-normal” numbers of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes.