There are no threats to the Gulf from any tropical development this week, although a couple of tropical waves are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center for possible development this week in the southern Atlantic.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to take a closer look this afternoon. The associated thunderstorm activity does show some signs organization, but still lacks a defined center.
The system colored in yellow on the above map, dubbed Invest 96L, is an area of disturbed weather located about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Even if no cyclone forms, the system is expected to dump heavy rain on the Lesser Antilles.
The National Hurricane Center is giving this system a 40 to 50 percent chance of developing into a named system over the next two to five days and it could bear down on the Lesser Antilles by the end of the week.
Forecasters were eyeing a trough of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday that has been given a chance of growing into a storm over the next few days.
The U.S National Hurricane Center reports that the storm's maximum sustained winds are at 145 miles per hour (230 kph).
The storm was heading in the general direction of Hawaii, but forecasters said it is expected to lose strength in the coming days.