CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Tropical Storm Philippe is expected to move north in the Atlantic, moving toward New England or the Eastern Canadian Provinces this weekend. It is not a threat to the Gulf of Texas.
While there are no other areas of interest currently being flagged by the National Hurricane Center, we will be keeping watch on the Gulf of Mexico next week. With a cold front resting in the gulf, it is possible there may be a tropical spin up near where the boundary is resting next week. If something were to develop, it would likely move to the north or east. We will keep watch on it, but it's not something we are overly concerned with at this time. Image below is of the European Ensemble through 7am, October 13.
Remember to not "anchor" to the first forecast you see - forecasts change. Also, rely on a credible source for your tropical information and forecasts. We talk about that and more in our 2023 KIII Hurricane Special. You can watch it on your 3NEWS+ smart TV app or on YouTube.
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October is one of the later months of hurricane season, but we can still see activity in the gulf and Caribbean. We will often observe a secondary maximum in hurricane season in October because of Caribbean development. It is not uncommon to see systems develop in the Western Caribbean and move north/northeast. This year, with an ongoing el nino, activity may be suppressed, despite the very warm waters in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
The updated 2023 NOAA Hurricane Forecast calls for a slightly above-average season.
The previous forecast called for 12-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes.
2023 Tropical Cyclone Names
2023 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Map
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak of the climatological peak of the season happening on September 10.