While Tropical Rainstorm Carlotta continues to dissipate over the southwestern Mexican coast, Accuweather.com is watching the potential for tropical development in the Atlantic Basin next week.
Pieces of Carlotta are expected to push into the southern Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, at which time it may meet up with a tropical wave currently bringing showers and thunderstorms to the central Caribbean.
The union of these two features may be enough to spawn a new center of circulation over the southern Gulf of Mexico or the Bay of Campeche.
If an organized tropical system does form in the Atlantic basin, it would be named Chris, per the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season list.
With an upper-air ridge of high pressure forecast to take hold over the northern Gulf of Mexico, any storm that does develop may be slow to advance. The system might either hold stationary in the Bay of Campeche or progress west-northwestward into Mexico.
Accuweather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Brian Wimer also notes that, while still too early to tell, "any tropical feature that develops could potentially head north toward Texas."
Forecast models continue to differ on the timing, location and extent of any development, but if an organized system does push into the Lone Star State, it could spell periods of heavy rain from the Rio Grande Valley to the mid-Texas coast.
This rain would be beneficial to the region, but any prolonged period of heavy rain could still lead to flash flooding.
Accuweather.com meteorologist Meghan Evans has more on the development potential next week.
Visit the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center for continuing updates with tropical discussions by expert meteorologists.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast starting on Sunday evening.
A new storm will form over the weekend across the Plains and will spread snow and ice eastward through the Midwest.
As a snowstorm unraveled from Texas to North Carolina and Virginia, snow and ice left a trail of disruption on Wednesday into Thursday.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
Storms will continue to affect the West through this weekend and into next week with rounds of precipitation for some needy areas as well as trouble for travelers.
While much of central and eastern North America is still locked in a deep freeze, the warmth cascading across the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks has sparked the early flowering of sakura blossoms in the region.
New England (1645)
After mild winter, "There fell so great a snow in several days, the ways were impassable for 3 weeks so the court held not." From New England Weekly Journal.
New England (1732)
"Reckon'd as cold a day as has happened here in the memory of the oldest man among us". From New England Weekly Journal.
Big Snow: Glens Falls, NY - 19" snow Pleasant Mountain, PA - 14" snow Hartford, CT - 12" snow Western Maine - up to 32" of snow Concord, NH - 11" of snow Levanon, NH - 12" of snow Boston, MA - 11" of snow