The OT algorithm is examined as a predictor both on its own and in a multi-parameter genesis forecast scheme. TC genesis forecast skill is explored by examining OT activity and trends within selected radii and annuluses of a developing TC centers prior to genesis. An analysis of cases from 2010 to 2015 reveals an empirically-based scheme is skillful at predicting if a potential disturbance will develop into at least a tropical depression at some point in the future (yes/no). Predicting when (lead time) a disturbance will develop into at least a tropical depression is also investigated. OTs are also compared to a multi-parameter genesis forecast to analyze significance of OTs compared to other parameters and analyze OTs impact on TC genesis forecasts.