Suddenly the tropics heat up

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/The future of Invest 97 is far from certain, according to models published by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Invest 97 could impact one of many locations around the Golf of Mexico during the first week of October. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/The future of Invest 97 is far from certain, according to models published by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Invest 97 could impact one of many locations around the Golf of Mexico during the first week of October.

After a so-so year for hurricanes in 2013, weather systems in the tropics are heating up just as the calendar says they should be cooling down, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Two areas of concern are on the lookout screens for weather watchers this week.

Tropical Storm Jerry

Tropical Storm Jerry formed out of tropical depression No. 11 on Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, Tropical Storm Jerry was located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Jerry contained maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was traveling east at 7 mph.

Forecasters say Jerry will slowly begin drifting westward on Monday evening. Jerry will continue drifting to the west through Thursday when it will turn toward the northeast.

Jerry is not expected to impact any islands or nations in the western Atlantic Ocean. Jerry will only cause concern for shipping interests.

Invest 97 and trouble in the Gulf

However, everything may not be so quiet in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is investigating an area of thunderstorms that is expected to pass to the west of Cuba and enter the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico later this week.

Currently, the National Hurricane Centers gives Invest 97 only a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm before Friday, Oct. 4.

But that could change.

However, weather models published by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee forecasts show that Invest 97 could become a tropical storm. Within the next five to 8 days, Invest could make landfall in an area that ranges from the eastern coast of Mexico to Louisiana to Southern Florida.


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