Severe Weather

We Could Have Our First Named Storm by End of the Week

All that messy, sloppy, crappy, no-good rain that's currently inundating our neighborhoods might actually become the first named storm of the year. Huzzah!

Ironically enough, this system that is wrecking our week and making our daily commute a magical time is the same system that in the southwest part of the state over the weekend gave us amazing weather down here. 

Now it's come to collect the bill.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the disturbance has about a 40 percent shot at developing into a subtropical or tropical storm by the end of the week. That means that we'll have our first named storm this year, and it's only May! 

The NHC says the storm would be named Ana.

Subtropical would make it just below a tropical storm, for those weather geeks out there. For the rest of us, it just means it's going to be wet and windy. 

We won't know if those odds have climbed until Wednesday, but for now, the NHC is saying that the nasty weather is associated with an upper-level trough and a weak-surface trough, which are expected to mix with an area of low pressure. The low pressure then is expected to turn tropical — and not in a good way. 

In laymen's terms: It's looking more and more likely that it's going to be even wetter and sloppier and crappier than usual for the rest of the week. The wet weather is currently soaking most of the East Coast and generating rip currents off the coast. At the very least, it's going to keep raining well into tomorrow, which is a total bummer because, in case you haven't noticed, traffic has been a nightmare all day due to the nasty weather. 

The NHC is expecting the system to extend from the northwest Caribbean across South Florida and to the Bahamas.