It continues to be quiet throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Technically, Invest 97-L has formed around Bermuda with a west-by-northwest direction, but most of the models have the storm turning northwest eventually - away from any sort of landfall.

The Pacific Ocean continues to see heightened activity compared to initial predictions for the 2014 Hurricane Season. Hurricane Rachel makes for the 12th named storm in that ocean, and according to The Weather Channel, “You have to go back 22 years (1992) in the record books to find a hurricane season with at least 12 hurricanes by this point in the year, yet another exclamation point on a near hyperactive Pacific season.”

This difference hurricane activity in the oceans is punctuated in those last 2 images. The Weather Channel detailed this split personality in an informative article last week, and basically stated that the dearth of Atlantic activity can be blamed upon wind shear and water temperature. However, they did caution people against letting their guard down because, “An average Atlantic season will generate another five named storms, two hurricanes, and at least one major hurricane from late September through November.”

If anything happens with hurricanes for the next month or so, we’ll let you know!

It’s been a crazy week of weather in the Pacific Ocean, as Hurricane Odile brought record levels of wind and rain to the Baja California area. And as you can tell from those top 2 images, Odile delivered plenty of rain across the Southwest US and Texas, even after it made landfall and weakened. 

The Weather Channel is also reporting that the convergence of those Odile remnant with atmospheric disturbances along the Southeast US could result in a tropical depression/storm-type situation. 

Finally, Edouard remains in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as a weakening storm, but it never threatened land at all. And Invest 95-L is spinning of the western African coast, but most models don’t have it really forming into anything substantial.

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.

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