Tropics heating up early

Hurricane season is only a few weeks old, and we are already working on our third named storm. Tropical Storm Bret formed earlier today just east of Trinidad, and Tropical Storm Cindy may form at any time in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bret is a minimal tropical storm that will skirt the South American coast. Increased wind shear will likely tear the storm apart by Wednesday. Tropical Storm Bret will not have any impact on our weather in the Carolinas.

We are also watching the storm system in the Gulf of Mexico, which may become Tropical Storm Cindy. June tropical storms do not happen every year, but are not rare. Two tropical storms at the same time, however, are rare. This is something that has happened only two times since 1950… in 1959 and 1968. If Cindy can form before Bret dissipates this will be a rare feat.

The system in the gulf will continue to pump moisture northward into the Carolinas. If the system does become a tropical storm, the storm system will likely head toward Texas or Louisiana. Tropical storm conditions will stay far to our west, but the tropical moisture will give us higher than normal chances for rain through Thursday. Heavy rain will also be possible in the Carolinas in the heavier tropical downpours.

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