Invest 98-L may move into Gulf of Mexico Next Week

The WDSU weather team is closely watching several areas in the tropics. The main area of ​​interest for us is Invest 98-L. Tropical Wave Invest 98-L is a couple hundred miles East of the Windward Islands. This system has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression over the two days and could move into the Gulf of Mexico by next week. Invest 98-L is forecast to move into the Windward Islands late Wednesday into early Thursday. The GFS Forecast model moves Invest 98-L into the Caribbean on Thursday, south of the Dominican Republic by Friday, south of Jamaica Sunday and then close to Cuba by Tuesday. It will be moving across the warm Caribbean waters. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s. Wind shear is low. It is the perfect situation for development. Forecast models have been consistent in bringing the system into the Gulf by the end of next week. But there is still quite a bit of uncertainty. There can be large swings in the models this far out. In fact, the GFS Model had it moving towards the Yucatan Peninsula in the beginning of the week, and now it has it moving over western Cuba and close to Florida by next weekend. There will be big changes in the forecast models over the coming days. Steering currents will be southwest winds ahead of the cold front that moves through our area Monday. The Bermuda High will also play a role in turning the system to the north. The question is whether the high building behind the cold front will play a role. It’s too far out to say for certain. This is a situation where you know there is something to monitor, and you go about your business. Besides that system, we’re watching major hurricane Fiona with winds of 130mph, Tropical Storm Gaston in the north-central Atlantic ocean has 65 mph winds, a tropical wave over Africa forecast to move into the Atlantic waters Thursday with a medium chance of development over the next five days, and another tropical wave west of the Cabo Verde Islands with a low chance of development over the next 5 days. For much more information on Fiona, click here. Stay with WDSU for the latest.

The WDSU weather team is closely watching several areas in the tropics.

The main area of ​​interest for us is Invest 98-L.

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Tropical Wave Invest 98-L is a couple hundred miles East of the Windward Islands.

This system has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression over the two days and could move into the Gulf of Mexico by next week.

Invest 98-L is forecast to move into the Windward Islands late Wednesday into early Thursday.

The GFS Forecast model moves Invest 98-L into the Caribbean on Thursday, south of the Dominican Republic by Friday, south of Jamaica Sunday and then close to Cuba by Tuesday.

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It will be moving across the warm Caribbean waters. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s. Wind shear is low. It is the perfect situation for development.

Forecast models have been consistent in bringing the system into the Gulf by the end of next week. But there is still quite a bit of uncertainty.

There can be large swings in the models this far out. In fact, the GFS Model had it moving towards the Yucatan Peninsula in the beginning of the week, and now it has it moving over western Cuba and close to Florida by next weekend.

There will be big changes in the forecast models over the coming days.

Steering currents will be southwest winds ahead of the cold front that moves through our area Monday. The Bermuda High will also play a role in turning the system to the north. The question is whether the high building behind the cold front will play a role. It’s too far out to say for certain. This is a situation where you know there is something to monitor, and you go about your business.

Besides that system, we’re watching major hurricane Fiona with winds of 130mph, Tropical Storm Gaston in the north-central Atlantic ocean has 65 mph winds, a tropical wave over Africa forecast to move into the Atlantic waters Thursday with a medium chance of development over the next five days, and another tropical wave west of the Cabo Verde Islands with a low chance of development over the next 5 days.

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For much more information on Fiona, click here.

Stay with WDSU for the latest.

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