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.
Finally, we present that engaging image from The Weather Channel entitled “Every Hurricane Since 1851” - and here’s the accompanying video.
I only wish he could provide a version of this image that extends into the Caribbean Sea.
More than 1 million people at risk as Hurricane Iselle bears down on Hawaii
And unfortunately, Hurricane Julio isn’t far behind Hurricane Iselle.
We hope that everyone in Hawaii stays safe as these two storms approach your shores.
To all of our friends and readers in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea, we hope that you weathered the 10-plus inches of rain that Tropical Storm Bertha dropped on certain islands over the weekend. At the moment, the storm shouldn’t hit any land until it brushes the very eastern edge of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia later this week (and then, it will probably be a very weakened system).
Some projections find Bertha briefly reaching hurricane-force winds today or tomorrow, since the storm will be in open water and free to churn to its heart’s content.
So, unless something changes in terms of the system’s direction and/or intensity, we probably won’t update Bertha again, but if a new storm rears its head this week, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Earlier today, Invest 93L coalesced into Tropical Storm Bertha. Right now, parts of the Caribbean are under various warnings and watches, but projections for the storm place it well east of touching the US Mainland. We’ll keep you informed as things progress.
It seems that Invest 93L continues to progress as a storm. No one is claiming that it will become a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane, but the system keeps moving. Located 650 miles east of the Windward Islands, the storm possesses good low-level circulation, but it’s also battling convection and shear, which prevents it from gaining strength. And even if it never escalates into anything severe, it will bring heightened winds and rain to the islands in its path.
We’ll keep you updated on this storm as things progress.
According to both The Weather Channel and Weather Underground, there is a good chance that Invest 93-L will become a tropical storm by the end of this week. Neither site wants to project any further than that, though they do state that even if the formation never escalates, the Lesser Antilles should get lots of rain over the coming weekend.
If something truly gets going with this storm, we’ll update you later this week.
According to The Weather Channel, the 2014 Hurricane Season currently has its 2nd storm in the Atlantic Basin. What Weather Underground called Invest 92L until earlier today has now coalesced into an actual system located 1,200 nautical miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Technically, the National Hurricane Season hasn’t switched its designation of the storm, but that should happen shortly (unless the system collapses in the next 24 hours).
In the 4th image we’ve provided, the rest of the Atlantic Ocean is relatively calm, though more active than it was earlier in July.
Over in the Pacific Ocean, Typhoon Matmo continues to ravage the Philippines and hasn’t been much deterred from its course towards Taiwan and mainland China.
Stay tuned for more developments as they occur.
Per today’s update from The Weather Channel, things are calming down in the Pacific, while nothing happens in the Atlantic.
- Neoguri has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but people in Japan can still anticipate heavy rain and high winds until the storm dissipates completely.
- Fausto lost coherence yesterday, but never threatened land anyway.
- The Atlantic is remarkably calm and bereft of clouds. The article states, “Tropical development is unlikely in the next several days, at least. It is simply too windy and too dry aloft.”
As usual, if anything happens, we’ll be sure to let you know!