Tropical Storm Barry Is Drenching Veracruz, Mexico

Tropical Storm Barry is the second storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season even though we haven’t yet reached the first official day of summer. That’s new support for predictions that we’ll have an active to extremely active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

This morning, Tropical Storm Barry was closing in on the coast of Veracruz state in Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center, it was moving to the west at almost three miles per hour.

The 7 am CDT public advisory said the maximum sustained wind speed will likely be 45 miles per hour. Higher gusts may occur mostly on the east side of the storm’s eye.

The NHC forecast said that the current track will take the storm’s eye northwest of the large port city of Veracruz and inland over southern Mexico. At the time of writing, Barry is already very close to the coast of Veracruz state.

Barry will never reach hurricane strength and should weaken as it makes landfall, allowing it to break up on Friday.

The storm is relatively small and unexciting as Atlantic tropical storms go. The major concern from Barry is heavy rainfall that could contribute to dangerous mudslides and flash flooding in mountainous areas. NHC said that there could be up to 10 inches of accumulation of rainfall in some places.

The next public advisory will be announced at 10 am CDT. People in southern Mexico should stay in touch with local weather officials.

In an interesting historical note, the Washington Post Capital Hill Weather Gang noted that Barry is the sixth storm of that name since 1983. A name is only retired when it creates significant death or damage.

Once again, this year’s Barry appears unlikely to cause enough havoc to earn retirement.

It’s bad luck to be superstitious, but Tropical Storm Barry does seem to be an auspicious name.

Tropical Storm Barry projections

[Tropical Storm Nate strikes Veracruz image courtesy NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center]