Meteorologists are watching the Atlantic this week as an area of low pressure is expected to form north of Hispaniola and move northwestward towards the East Coast of the United States. Whether or not it develops into a named storm, it will bring rain, gusty winds, and flooding sea levels to the East Coast by mid-week before it moves off towards the northeast. Most of the rain the region will receive after this weekend’s frontal passage is linked to this storm, so the East Coast will be the wettest part of the region and Alabama will be the driest. It remains to be seen whether the rain will bring any significant relief to the current drought. Drier conditions are expected to return in weeks 2 through 4, according to the Climate Prediction Center.