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.
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.