Today marks the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and there are three hurricanes forecasters are watching in the Atlantic Ocean. State Climatologist Barry Keim says sea surface temps are just right in the storm breeding grounds.
"And all of that energy is being fed to the atmosphere when the conditions are ripe, we can pop off these type of storms," said Keim.
None of the hurricanes are an immediate threat to the Gulf of Mexico, but the National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area in the northwest Caribbean Sea that has a 50% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the Gulf over the next five days.
Keim says we could see tropical cyclone development become suppressed later in the season, because an El Nino weather pattern could emerge.
"Once the El Nino really gets to kick in that creates an hostile upper air environment of storms," said Keim.
The hurricane season ends on November 30th.