Showers, thunderstorms active today, diminish Friday; generally fair most of weekend

Disturbance in Gulf may impact Coastal Bend on Monday
Posted at 6:47 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 19:49:08-04

An upper-level trough moving through South Texas late today and Friday is bringing another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms, but in its wake, a generally fair weekend is in store.

Meanwhile, a tropical disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a tropical cyclone within the next 12 hours.

Rainfall totals through Friday will be generally less than an inch, but isolated spots may see two inches by the end of the work week.

Today's wet-weather system will move northeast of the area for the weekend, but eyes will be focused on a developing disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico east of Tampico.

That system is being investigated by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) this afternoon, and if NHC hurricane hunters find a closed low pressure area it will be classified as a tropical depression or tropical storm.

While its future motion is uncertain, models indicate it may impact the Texas coast by early next week.

In that instance, significant rain is expected over the Coastal Bend on Monday through midweek.

The next name on the Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone list is Wilfred.

It is the last name on the list, and we are only a little over halfway through the 2020 Hurricane Season.

Subsequent to Wilfred, the NHC will use the Greek alphabet, beginning with Alpha.

It will be only the second time all names will have been used (2005).