A low pressure system several hundred miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, became better organized Wednesday afternoon PDT and strengthened into Tropical Depression 13-E with sustained winds of 35 mph. Gradual strengthening is forecast and it may become a tropical storm Wednesday night into Thursday. Eventually, it may become a hurricane by this weekend. Warm water and relatively light wind shear will allow T.D. 13-E to strengthen this week. Regardless of strengthening, there will be no direct impact to land through early next week.
Elsewhere, a cluster of thunderstorms, over 1,000 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California is becoming better organized. This cluster of storms could become a tropical depression or even a tropical storm over the next couple of days. It will track to the west-northwest across the open waters of the eastern Pacific and it will be no threat to any land masses through the weekend.
By Andy Mussoline, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist
510 ABPZ20 KNHC 241739 TWOEP TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 1100 AM PDT WED AUG 24 2016 For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude: Satellite imagery suggests that a tropical depression may be forming about 450 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. If this system's trend toward greater organization continues, then advisories will be initiated later today or tonight. The system is forecast to move west-northwestward and then westward over the next several days away from the coast of Mexico. * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent Showers and thunderstorms associated with another area of low pressure located about 1150 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula continue to show some signs of organization. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for slow development of this system, and a tropical depression is likely to form by this weekend while the low moves westward or west- northwestward at about 15 mph. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent $$ Forecaster Kimberlain