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T.D. #2 Becomes "Barry"

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Updated: 6/19/2013 4:24 pm
"Barry" Headed for Mexico.....

Tropical depression #2 re-emerged over the warm water of the Bay of Campeche in the SW corner of the Gulf of Mexico & has become tropical storm "Barry" as hurricane hunter aircraft found winds near 40 mph, just at tropical storm strength. There's a short window for "Barry" to strengthen more as the system bends to the west reaching coastal Mexico well south of Texas Thu. morning.  There will be no impact on the First Coast or any of Florida.

The rest of the Gulf & Caribbean are remarkably quiet & even clear of much in the way of cloud cover until the large area of disorganized convection in the extreme Eastern Caribbean & SW Atlantic east & southeast of Puerto Rico.  This is a combination of an upper level low to the north & a westward moving tropical wave.  Forecast models do pick up on this wave moving it into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.  Current conditions are not favorable for significant development -- mainly due to a good deal of south & southwesterly shear -- but might become a little a little more favorable toward the weekend.  However, models fail to develop a surface reflection (low pressure) at this point.  The wave should enhance heavy rain potential for the south half of Fl. late in the week & this weekend.

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