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Tropics Showing Signs of Life South of Mexico

The tropics are showing signs of life in the eastern Pacific with two areas being monitored for development.

A close eye is being kept on an area of low pressure spinning several hundred miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Showers and thunderstorms continue to increase around the low, which could gradually strengthen into the eastern Pacific's first tropical depression of the year within the next few days.

Conditions are conducive for development due to warm water and a lack of strong wind shear (disruptive winds above the surface).

It is not just the low being monitored for tropical development but also another cluster of showers and thunderstorms to its southeast, according to Meteorologist Rob Miller.

"One or both systems could get a tropical designation over the next several days, but neither poses a direct threat to land," Miller continued.

Both will track to the northwest or west-northwest across the open waters of the Pacific Ocean through the weekend.

If one of the systems further strengthens into a tropical storm, it would acquire the name Amanda.

"At most, some tropical moisture will get drawn into southern Mexico and the southern Plains through the weekend, leading to increased thunderstorms," added Miller.

"This includes Acapulco and Mexico City."

The potential for development this week is just the start of what is likely to be a busy hurricane season in the eastern Pacific.

With the onset of El Niño this summer, meteorologists expect above-normal tropical activity in the eastern Pacific.