As of 4 am CDT this morning, TD9 had maximum sustained winds at 35 mph and was moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph. The center was located around 615 miles to the east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.
A tropical depression is likely to develop within the next 48-72 hours over the Gulf of Mexico or the northwestern Caribbean Sea. This system will not affect Central Alabama's weather at all.
The remnants of Hurricane Agatha moved onshore Monday on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and will move east to northeastward across the Yucatán Peninsula and will emerge over the northeastern parts of the Caribbean Sea and the southern Gulf of Mexico.
The fog has lifted and dissipated, and we are enjoying what we call “chamber of commerce” weather across Central Alabama as we have crossed over into the midday hour. Skies are sunny and temperatures have climbed into the mid-60s to the lower 70s.
Moisture levels will be rising throughout the weekend, which will bring a chance for scattered showers and storms. Rain chances increase for the first half of the work week as a cold front will be moving in.
All eyes are on the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Ida is projected to make landfall as a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Louisiana coast. What impacts can we expect here in Central Alabama?
The depression is expected to become a tropical storm tonight, and become a hurricane when it is near western Cuba or over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Additional strengthening is likely over the Gulf of Mexico, and the system could be near major hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf coast.