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Alex May Reform Into New Storm In The Gulf
From Kimberly Dawley 
Errrr...that huge "tail" Alex developed (which I've never, ever seen before on a hurricane in the decade I've been watching) is being lopped off and it looks as though Alex is going to spin down around counterclockwise back into the Gulf and form again into something tropical over the weekend! See also the Accuweather report immediately below this radar map.
Watching Central Gulf Coast for Tropical Development
By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
Jul 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Moisture lingering along the central Gulf of Mexico near Alex will be watched closely for possible development this weekend, since atmospheric gears are already in place.
It is highly unusual during July to get a front buried as deep into the South as we do this week. Sometimes, when this happens, a tropical system can form.
A massive area of high pressure spinning clockwise to the north would seem to be a deterrent for that sort of problem. However, things are not as they appear.
The northeast wind created by the high to the north, combined with a south to southeast flow over the north-central Gulf of Mexico, may be enough to get the atmosphere spinning counterclockwise, the motion needed for tropical cyclone development.
We already have a zone of drenching showers and thunderstorms in place, delivered in part by Alex's northwest movement from the tropics last weekend and in part by the upward motion along the old stalled front nearby.
Look for the zone of unsettled weather with locally drenching showers and thunderstorms to continue through the weekend from Florida to coastal Texas this weekend. What is left of weak circulation of Alex could drift into western Texas or New Mexico, well away from the Gulf Coast.
While the gusty downpours along the Gulf coast will offer some temporary relief from the heat, they will cause disruptions to containment and cleanup operations on the beaches and offshore.
While the risk of full tropical development is not extremely high this close to the coast over the next three to five days, the chance is far from zero. The area is of concern to Hurricane Expert Joe Bastardi and many other AccuWeather.com meteorologists.
The lingering thunderstorms from the Florida Panhandle to coastal Louisiana could slowly brew the next tropical disturbance or depression of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season.
Any system that forms in this immediate area could lead to more extensive disruptions for oil spill cleanup and containment from squalls and building wave action.
The circulation around any system that forms could drive oil inland or to more distant locations.

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