Well, it seems that Invest 91-L from earlier this week has coalesced into the 5th named storm of the year - Tropical Storm Edouard. According to current projections, Edouard will achieve formal hurricane status over the weekend, but there’s little chance of it reaching land of any sort.

For more information about these projections, follow along on The Weather Channel and Weather Underground.

If things change over the weekend where Edouard threatens land, we’ll return on Monday with updated projections.

Also, there are 2 other systems in the Atlantic, and we’ll keep you updated on Invest 92-L and 93-L as well.

It seems that, even though Invest 90-L from last Friday never became a fully fledged storm, we didn’t have to wait long for the next system to start swirling. Invest 91-L sits off the western coast of Africa at the moment with movement to the west-northwest and could benefit from atmospheric conditions that would help the storm coalesce into something substantial.

And while there are two active storm systems in the Caribbean Ocean on that map from The Weather Channel, neither of them stand much chance of becoming anything more substantial than producing lots of rain.

Stay tuned later this week for an update on Invest 91-L and any other activity that might interest you.

While Tropical Storm Dolly did bring some soaking rains and minor flooding earlier this week, it was still an under-developed storm that serves as an example of how little activity we’ve experienced in the 2014 Hurricane Season.

At the moment, Invest 90-L is swirling off the western coast of Africa, though current projections give it only a 30% chance of becoming something substantial. We’ll let you know next week if the system has developed further.

in Pacific Ocean News, Hurricane Norbert is hitting Baja California, so hurricane warnings have been issued for that area. However, projections for this storm don’t have it increasing past Category 1.

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

It seems that our Invest 98-L from last Friday has grown up into a full-fledged storm! Tropical Storm Dolly is the fourth named storm in the Atlantic Basin for the 2014 Hurricane Season. And as you can see from the Weather Channel pictures above, there isn’t much time for Dolly to make the leap from Tropical Storm to Hurricane status, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep aware of what’s happening. The bulk of the northeast Mexican coastline is under a Tropical Storm Warning, and parts of the region are projected to receive between 8-12” of rain over the next 5 days.

We’ll keep you updated on any changes that occur to Dolly and inform you if any other storms increase in activity.

It’s been a busy few days in the Atlantic Ocean, with more activity than we’ve seen for much of the 2014 Hurricane Season. Let’s see what’s happening:

1) Invest 97-L is barely coherent as a system, but there’s still time for it to be whipped into shape before approaching any land, especially if it combines with some storm activity in the norther parts of South America.

2) Cristobal has reached formal hurricane status as a Category 1 storm, but that Weather Underground tracking chart shows the system never affecting anyone directly.

3) Invest 98-L appeared yesterday in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico, but there probably won’t be any time for the storm to reach anything truly threatening (except the off-chance of “tropical depression” status). However, the storm is creating rip currents that resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a formal warning yesterday afternoon.

Stay tuned for more developments as they occur. It appears that we might finally have a bit of action.

On the tail of Tropical Storm Cristobal (which was Invest 96-L) until last weekend, Invest 97-L has started coalescing off the western coast of Africa. Yet, according to these 2 sets of projections from Weather Underground, this storm has a better chance of visiting the US Mainland than other storms we’ve seen this season. As this system moves forward, we’ll keep you updated with its progress.

In case you didn’t follow the weather over the weekend, Invest 96-L became Tropical Storm Cristobal. However, much like Hurricane Bertha and Tropical Depression Two from earlier this summer, Cristobal is heading hard to the northeast after dumping several inches of rain across Jamaica, Hispanola, and other islands in the Caribbean. There is a chance that the storm could become a Category 1 hurricane, but even then, it might skirt Bermuda entirely.

Thus, the US Mainland will again avoid any contact with a storm system in the 2014 Hurricane Season. However, when you combine Cristobal’s current trajectory with the jet stream and other atmospheric elements, this storm could certainly cause increased surf and riptide potential along the bulk of the East Coast.

Stay tune to Hurricane Prep Center for updates about this storm and any others that form 

So, if you’ve been paying attention to the folks at The Weather Channel and other weather-related outposts, you will have noticed lots of hype about Invest 96-L. Yet, as you might have noticed, this system has yet to rise to the level of Tropical Depression. While we don’t want to diminish the possibility of the storm increasing intensity, most models project LOTS of rain being dumped on various Caribbean Islands before veering off to the north without affecting the US Mainland.

Simply put, we feel this system has received its hype because of the dearth of overall storm activity during the 2014 Hurricane Season. We’ll be back Monday to report and changes that might have occurred over the weekend, especially if the storms coalesces into a coherent storm of any import.

It’s been rather slow in the Atlantic Ocean the past several days, but we wanted to provide you with this update, including recently refreshed information from The Weather Channel. This lack of activity can be directly attributed to the wealth of dry air across the Atlantic, but this remains the part of the hurricane season when things start to pick up in possible storm activity.

Specifically, there is a storm system coalescing off the western coast of Africa currently. Weather Underground gives it a 20% chance of becoming something in the next 5 days, so we’ll keep that area under investigation in case something happens over the weekend.

In the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is still recovering from Iselle, but thankfully Julio didn’t pay the islands a visit and has weakened to a tropical storm that isn’t in danger of hitting anything. 

Finally, we present that engaging image from The Weather Channel entitled “Every Hurricane Since 1851” - and here’s the accompanying video.

This helpful hurricane infographic comes courtesy of XKCD.
I only wish he could provide a version of this image that extends into the Caribbean Sea.

This helpful hurricane infographic comes courtesy of XKCD.

I only wish he could provide a version of this image that extends into the Caribbean Sea.

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