The threat for a developing tropical depression or storm in the Gulf of Mexico has all but diminished for now, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported early Sunday (Aug. 18).
The low pressure area that was being closely monitored over the last week from the western Caribbean into the southwestern Gulf has failed to organize due to unfavorable environmental conditions and is no longer of concern for coastal residents, according to the NHC.
This system at one time was given a high chance or 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm.
Some Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operators including Marathon Oil and BP even evacuated some workers from offshore facilities Thursday due to the tropical threat.
Meanwhile, Erin continued to spin out in the east-central Atlantic as a weak tropical depression with winds of only 35 mph, some 1,000 miles west northwest of the Cape Verde Islands early Sunday.
The tropical depression is expected to dissipate and or degenerate to a remnant low pressure area by late Monday.
"The environment should remain hostile to regeneration with the global models showing persistently strong shear and increasingly dry air for the next few days. The system is likely to degenerate to a remnant low in 12 to 24 hours or sooner," said Dr. Richard Pasch, senior hurricane forecaster at the NHC.
Behind Erin is a new tropical wave that has emerged off the western coast of Africa that the NHC is now monitoring for tropical development over the next several days.
We are in the midst of the most active period of the Atlantic hurricane season, which normally ramps up in mid-August and peaks in early September.