With nine days remaining before the official start of hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance in the Atlantic 650 miles southeast of Bermuda.
For now, the disorganized blob of low pressure doesn’t appear to be a threat to any land, as it is moving farther out to sea, drifting southeast.
Any development should be slow to occur, said hurricane specialist Mike Brennan. He gives the disturbance a 20 percent chance of developing over the next two days.
Interestingly, it’s the second disturbance to form this year prior to the June 1 start of the season. In late April, another disturbance briefly emerged in the same general area.
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Also interestingly, the latest disturbance popped up on Monday, the same day the the Florida Division of Emergency Management is staging a hurricane drill, pretending “Hurricane Griffin” is aiming toward the Treasure Coast.
Experts say early activity is not a harbinger of a bustling season to come. However, both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Colorado State University forecasters Phil Klotzbach and William Gray call for a busier than normal hurricane season this year.