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Tropical Depression Six Takes Shape in Atlantic

Conditions are becoming more favorable for tropical development in the central Atlantic with a depression taking shape on Thursday.

Prior to Thursday, there have been five tropical depressions with three moving on to become hurricanes (Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal) and one becoming a tropical storm (Dolly).

Slow development is forecast for Tropical Depression 6 through Friday. However, the system will continue to move into a zone of less dry air and lower disruptive winds this weekend.

According to Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "The system should move into more favorable environmental conditions, and this could allow the system to strengthen into a strong tropical storm and perhaps into a hurricane."

The next name on the list of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic for the 2014 season is Edouard.

The system is forecast to take a curved path over the central Atlantic, well away from land areas over the next several days and is likely to steer clear of the Caribbean.

People in Bermuda and the Azores should monitor the system for possible impact later next week.

Meanwhile, an area of disturbed weather will cross South Florida during the next couple of days and will produce locally drenching and gusty thunderstorms.

"We are also monitoring a disturbance moving over the southern Gulf of Mexico," Kottlowski said.

"While the window is rather short for development, essentially through Saturday, it is in a region of low disruptive winds and very warm waters."

Steering flow would take this system into southern Texas or northeastern Mexico this weekend.

At the very least, tropical moisture will feed into this zone. When combined with a front approaching from the north, locally drenching rainfall is likely to be released into the weekend over south and coastal Texas and northeastern Mexico this weekend.

Part of south and coastal Texas is experiencing abnormally dry to drought conditions.

Any non-flooding rainfall would generally be welcomed, especially from an agricultural standpoint.