A storm with two names: Will Pacific Barbara morph into Atlantic Andrea?
Barbara, the second named storm in the East Pacific this year, strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane just prior to making landfall on Wednesday afternoon near Tonalá in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico. It is just now re-emerging over water, this time in the Gulf of Mexico.
As of 11 a.m. EDT, it has weakened to a tropical depression with winds of 30 mph. Could it redevelop and reach storm intensity once more?
Although it is poorly organized after a draining 15-hour trek over land, there is still a mid-level circulation and a few strong associated thunderstorms.
As for its future prospects, conditions in the Bay of Campeche are marginal for development.
Although water temperatures are plenty warm, upper-level winds are quite strong. Further north toward the central Gulf, the wind shear is outright hostile.
In the unlikely event that it does manage to reform, it would start over with Atlantic numbering and naming.
In other words, it would lose its Barbara heritage and become tropical depression 1 and then tropical storm Andrea.