BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) The National Hurricane Center has upped the chance of formation of an area of disturbance in the Atlantic. The broad area of low pressure is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms as well as gusty winds over the central Atlantic Ocean. The system is currently moving northward.
Yesterday evening, the NHC issued a special outlook for an area of low pressure. Originally the chance of formation over the next 48 hours and five days was 30%, which is considered low, but that chance has now increased to 50%, which is considered medium.
Tonight or tomorrow, the system could turn into a subtropical depression, which is a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds less than 39 mph. The NHC says that outside of this time frame, development is not expected due to unfavorable conditions.
If this storm were to develop, this would be the third tropical cyclone to develop ahead of June 1, the official start day of the Atlantic hurricane season. This would be a very rare occurrence. The NHC will issue the next Special Tropical Weather Outlook by 8 p.m. CDT.
Forecasters are predicting what could be one of the busiest seasons on record, but remember that it only takes one storm to make this an active season for you. The StormTracker Weather Team wants to help you get ready for the hurricane season. Tracking the Tropics, our 2020 hurricane special, will air at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday on NBC Local 33. Be sure to join us, and download our free BRProud app for the latest on the tropics!