Like a zombie rising from the crypt, Tropical Depression Bonnie is back. In truth, it never left, although earlier this week it weakened beyond the point of recognition. And to make things even more interesting, the next storm — which would be named Colin — could form in the Gulf of Mexico over the next week. If that happened, it would be the earliest third tropical storm of the season on record.

Bonnie originally formed on Friday, made landfall in South Carolina on Sunday, and then transitioned into a non-tropical cyclone on Monday. Since then, it has regained tropical characteristics, and the National Hurricane Center has begun to issue advisories on the system. It’s not a tropical storm anymore; it’s a weaker system called a tropical depression. Nonetheless, since this low pressure system was once “Bonnie,” it gets that name again. READ MORE