It is not just Hurricane Gordon roaming the Atlantic; a new tropical depression may take shape in the near future.
Hurricane Gordon, the strongest tropical system so far in the Atlantic Basin this year, is slamming the Azores with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain this morning.
As we continue to trek toward the all important peak of hurricane season which occurs on Sept. 10, the basin appears to be showing signs of remaining active at least for the next week or two.
A new tropical wave which came off Africa last Thursday continues to track through the central Atlantic in between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.
The wave has become better organized through the weekend, a trend the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects will continue with a new tropical depression taking shape in the next 24 hours or so.
If additional strengthening follows, the wave would acquire the name Tropical Storm Isaac.
The next question becomes, where would this feature go should it develop?
Most of the forecast models at this point take this feature westward to the Lesser Antilles through midweek. Whether or not it then takes a turn toward the Bahamas or continues through the Caribbean to Central America or the Gulf of Mexico remains to be seen.
The bottom line is that the tropics are active and our meteorologists expect them to remain quite active at least through the end of the month.
A cluster of showers and thunderstorms over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico further proves that point.
It is not out of the question that this cluster eventually organizes into a tropical depression in the upcoming days, in a fashion similar to how Tropical Storm Helene took shape.
Regardless of development, heavy rain accompanying this feature threatens to trigger flooding along the eastern coastline of mainland Mexico.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.
Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Conditions will deteriorate across Hawaii this weekend as Darby delivers locally heavy rain and rough surf. But the tropical storm will provide long-term benefits.
Stifling heat has been baking the central United States but will finally ease across northern areas this weekend.
Lightning killed a teenager on Friday, the second teen lightning death in three days. With thunderstorms continuing to rattle several parts of the nation, more lives will be at risk.
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."
Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.