Waters along the southeastern United States coast may become the breeding grounds for tropical development in the Atlantic Basin during the last week in July.
A front is forecast to stall over the region this week and into next week. While many tropical systems tend to form from disturbances moving westward off the coast of Africa, a small number can form in the vicinity of a stalled front over warm water.
This area of concern stretches from Gulf of Mexico waters, west of Florida, to Atlantic Ocean coastal waters from northeast of Florida to Georgia and the Carolinas.
The forecast broad area of disturbed weather could allow one or possibly two tropical systems to slowly organize in the coming days.
According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "Provided winds aloft remain light over this area, there could be an opportunity for tropical development."
Kottlowski pointed out that if a system were to develop off the southern Atlantic Coast of the U.S., then steering winds could take the system out to sea.
If a system were to develop on the Gulf side, steering winds could allow such a system meander westward along the upper Gulf coast.
Residents and vacationers in the Gulf and Southeast should monitor the situation this weekend and into next week.
"Throughout the region of concern, water temperatures are sufficiently warm to support tropical development," Kottlowski said.
Either system would tend to move slowly and could bring torrential rainfall to part of the Southeast coast.
Should a system develop, then the risk of offshore seas, rough surf and strong rip currents will increase.
AccuWeather.com will continue to provide updates on this area of concern and other tropical systems across the globe.