28 August 2016: Four Hurricanes and other storms are active today worldwide!

GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 28 August 2016 showing Hurricane GASTON in the central north Atlantic, a possible tropical depression approaching the Carolinas, and the long-lived tropical wave now between northern Cuba and the Bahamas moving  toward the Florida straits and southeastern Gulf of Mexico
GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 28 August 2016 showing Hurricane GASTON in the central north Atlantic, a possible tropical depression approaching the Carolinas, and the long-lived tropical wave now between northern Cuba and the Bahamas moving toward the Florida straits and southeastern Gulf of Mexico

GASTON, once again a hurricane, is intensifying over the open central north Atlantic. At the same time the long lived tropical wave over rather warm surface waters between Northern Cuba and the Northwestern Bahamas is somewhat better organized today as it continues to move toward the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.  A large cell of disturbed weather, which appears of the verge of cyclonic development, is still moving toward the Carolinas coastline.

Mosaic of satellite images showing water-vapor in the atmosphere over the Atlantic and Indian ocean basins on Sunday 28 August 2016
Mosaic of satellite images showing water-vapor in the atmosphere over the Atlantic and Indian ocean basins on Sunday 28 August 2016

Over the east-central North Pacific, Hurricane LESTER is moving westward away from the Pacific coast of Mexico following Tropical Storm MADELINE, farther ahead, also moving west toward Hawaii. Together these two named tropical cyclones could pose a ‘double-whammy’ for Hawaii toward the end of this week.

Projected track of Hurricane LESTER in the east-central North Pacific on 28 August 2016
Projected track of Hurricane LESTER in the east-central North Pacific on 28 August 2016
Projected track of Tropical Storm MADELINE in the central north Pacific on 28 August 2016
Projected track of Tropical Storm MADELINE in the central north Pacific on 28 August 2016

At the opposite end of the Pacific major hurricane LIONROCK, which has meandered for a few days, is once again pointing toward Japan.

Mosaic of satellite images showing water vapor in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on 28 August 2016
Mosaic of satellite images showing water vapor in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on 28 August 2016

Beyond these named tropical cyclones, there are several tropical waves and cells of disturbed weather throughout the various ocean basins in the Northern Hemisphere and Equatorial Africa on this Sunday, 28 August 2016.

Be prepared. remain alert. MITIGATE!

27 August 2016. Remain alert. Be prepared. MITIGATE!

We are approaching what historically has been the peak of the annual Atlantic hurricane season, and there is plenty of activity both on the North Atlantic basin and in the Eastern North Pacific basin as well.

GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing tropical cyclonic and stormy weather activity over the north Atlantic basin

GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing tropical cyclonic and stormy weather activity over the north Atlantic basin

The tropical wave we’ve been tracking for several days, since it rode along Hurricane Alley toward the Antilles and the U.S.A., is over the central Bahamas this Saturday 27 August 2016 generating rain over a vast region including the Bahamas, Cuba, and Hispaniola. This system, which has been rather difficult to forecast in terms of track and intensity, is expected to continue moving generally WNW over the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of days.

Over the central open waters of the Atlantic, Tropical Storm GASTON continues to be well-organized while strengthening, with high probability of becoming a hurricane yet again.

Elsewhere there is a tropical wave in the northern Gulf of Mexico coming overland in Texas and Louisiana , which is generating copiousrain over a regions that is still reeling from recent extreme rain events and  disastrous flooding.  To round things up, there is another tropical wave moving toward the Carolinas’ coastal region.

GOES WEST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing Hurricane LESTER and Tropical Storm MADELINE MOVING WESTWARD OFF THE COAST OF mEXICO
GOES WEST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing Hurricane LESTER and Tropical Storm MADELINE moving westward off the Pacific coast of Mexico

On the eastern Pacific side of the Americas there is a strengthening Hurricane LESTER some 1500 km west of Acapulco, Mexico, while farther to the west Tropical Storm MADELINE is strengthening and moving in the general direction of Hawaii, 1800 km away.

Infrared satellite view of Hurricane LESTER located 1500 kilometers west of Acapulco, Mexico
Infrared satellite view of Hurricane LESTER located 1500 kilometers west of Acapulco, Mexico

Watching all of this cyclonic and stormy weather activity, we are reminded to remain alert, be prepared. MITIGATE!

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