Tropical Storm Daniel formed in the eastern Pacific early Wednesday and further strengthening is possible during the latter part of the week.
For the latest stats on Daniel, visit the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.
Environmental conditions are favorable for additional strengthening of this feature thanks to sea surface temperatures over much of the Eastern Pacific at or above 80 degrees.
Along with the warm waters, the amount of "wind shear" or twisting of the winds throughout the atmosphere remains very low.
Therefore, further strengthening into a hurricane is possible, potentially as early as Friday night.
Daniel is tracking west away from land, which is good news for tourists and residents of the southern coast of Mexico.
Still, higher-than-normal coastal tides and waves will develop across the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima and Michoacan through Friday.
Wave heights along the coast will rise to between 5 and 7 feet as Daniel continues to strengthen. Dangerous rip currents will also become an issue for visitors to resorts along the coast.
Just as this storm tracks out into the open waters of the Eastern Pacific this weekend, we will turn our attention to another tropical wave which is currently off the coast of Costa Rica.
This wave is producing showers and thunderstorms over a large area of the Eastern Pacific off the western coast of Central America.
Currently, the storms associated with the wave are very disorganized. However, as this feature continues to track westward over the next few days, it will encounter the same favorable conditions that allowed Daniel to develop and strengthen.
A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas on Saturday morning. Authorities say there appears to be no survivors.
Rounds of drenching showers and heavy thunderstorms will heighten the risk of flash flooding across the northeastern United States through the final weekend of July.
Tropical Storm Nida threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with potential future impacts on China and Taiwan.
As several large fires continue to rage across the western United States, weather conditions will gradually improve for firefighting efforts in the upcoming week.
A pair of systems will attempt to end the tropical drought in the Atlantic Basin into early August.
Additional downpours are likely to roll across northern New Jersey and could suspend play during the late rounds at the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club this weekend.
Gulf Coast (1995)
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Greenville, SC (2004)
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