The tropics are heating up as we close in on the final weeks of August. Right now, we are tracking an area of low pressure currently stationed just off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. As of 8 am Tuesday, this low was moving in a good amount of moisture, and providing lift, to create showers and thunderstorms into the open Gulf waters. The activity has been fairly healthy, and will bring a chance for light to moderate, and brief heavy periods, of rain to the coastal areas of the Valley, and possibly even inland regions through Wednesday. This area has a 30% chance of tropical formation, per the National Hurricane Center. The NHC has also begun issuing watches and warnings associated with Tropical Depression 9. Winds are currently sustained at 35 mph, and it TMs expected to continue its steady trek to the west, then slide to the northwest. This will pose a continued threat to the Caribbean, and the islands located within this area, for the next 4-5 days.