SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Typically, September is the month that brings the most named storms during any given hurricane season. While poorly-organized Tropical Depression Nine continued to spin out in the Atlantic, affecting nobody, attention turned to another area with potential for tropical development much closer to the U.S.
On Thursday, an area of unsettled weather was located in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico near Florida's west coast, bringing rain showers to parts of Florida. A general broad circulation could be seen on visible satellite to the west of the Florida coast on Thursday morning. The National Hurricane Center says this area has a low chance to develop into a tropical system over the next week.
"It's no threat to us, in Mississippi," said WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "Plentiful dry air plunging southward across much of the Gulf Coast will prevent anything tropical from heading our way."
While no local impacts will be felt from this disturbance, this area of unsettled weather is expected to move northeast, impacting parts of Florida. Some parts of Florida are expecting two to three inches of rain over the next several days.
The NHC says once the disturbance crosses over into the western Atlantic, it may form into a tropical system, heading north along the east coast.
Elsewhere in tropics, Tropical Depression Nine in the Atlantic, well east of the Lesser Antilles, is expected to fall apart this weekend over the open waters of the Atlantic. Another tropical disturbance southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a high chance to develop into a tropical system, but is expected to turn north.
Click here to watch Thursday's tropical update.