Tropics Becoming Active

It’s mid-August and the hurricane season is approaching its statistical peak. Sea surface temperatures are near their seasonably warmest levels and high level winds typically become more favorable for storm development.

Courtesy: NASA

The Tuesday morning satellite image above shows that tropical waves, low pressure centers and storm clusters litter the tropical regions of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific. One system in the eastern Caribbean is being watched for possible strengthening. There are only two named storms at this time; Fernanda in the Pacific and Gert in the Atlantic. Both are tropical storms.

The Atlantic is in the midst of a typically active phase for hurricane and tropical storm activity and this year is expected to produce an above average number of storms. It will be interesting to see what develops in the days and weeks ahead.

John Collins

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