BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - An area of showers and thunderstorms moving west off the coast of Florida has many wondering if it will strengthen as it tracks through the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. At this point, the National Hurricane Center is calling it Invest 92-L, which basically means it is an area they're keeping a close eye on. The Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base are also flying into the system to get more important data that is necessary when it comes to making an accurate forecast.
The system is encountering quite a bit of wind shear as it tracks into the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The current thinking is that the wind shear will keep it from intensifying over the next couple of days. There is also a cold front tracking southward through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that may keep the system well offshore rather than allowing it to make a northerly turn toward our area. Models continue to take the disturbance westward toward the Northeastern Mexico coastline or the Texas coastline anywhere from Galveston, southward toward South Padre Island.
There's also an area of convection off the coast of Texas and Mexico, but this is not expected to develop into anything as it will likely make landfall before it has a chance to intensify.