May 7, 2014 10:38 AM by Stephen Bowers
The National Hurricane Center in Florida is monitoring low pressure and thunderstorms organizing around it that could mean an early start for the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season.
Just before 8 AM MDT today, the disturbance was located about 400 miles from Manzanillo on Mexico's Pacific Coast. The disturbance is circled in the satellite image below.
The National Hurricane Center says the disturbance is has grown better organized, although it is still ill-defined. Forecasters suggest the disturbance is within an environment that is marginally favorable for further development, and they give it a 50% probability of developing into a tropical storm within the next two days.
Forecasters also say that regardless of whether the system develops into a tropical storm, heavy rain will spread over coastal Mexico late Wednesday.
The Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season officially begins May 15, while the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1.