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Potential Tropical Cyclone Two strengthened and organized into the second tropical storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season this morning. Barry has formed over the northern Gulf of Mexico, and will bring hurricane conditions to parts of Louisiana this weekend. Source: Tropical Tidbits Barry will continue to intensify slowly prior to landfall as the central low pressure deepens while moving over the very warm waters. Sea surface temperatures are in the mid 80s to low 90s across the region Barry is crossing, so that should help it strengthen. Wind shear is also weak for the most part, although the extreme eastern part of the storm is dealing with some shear. There is also the issue of dry air aloft across the northern half of the storm. If this persists, then that can prevent the storm from further strengthening. Despite this, however, the model guidance suggests an improvement in environment conditions…