An area of low pressure that had developed over the extreme southwestern Gulf in the Bay of Campeche is now Tropical Storm HERMINE, the 8th-named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. Hermine is moving north by northwest toward a projected landfall in northeastern Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico has seen quite a bit of tropical cyclone activity already this season, and the Bay of Campeche has had recurrent generation of disturbed weather cells, one of which eventually spawned Hermine.
After a slow start during which the 2010 season produced only two named storms in June and July, the month of August saw five named-storms: Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona and Gaston and a number of tropical waves that flared-up to dissipate afterwards. During the first few days of September Earl came close to the USA Atlantic coastline causing some coastal flooding and damage without making landfall, as it continued moving toward Canada’s maritime provinces and the North Atlantic; Fiona followed a track parallel to Earl but farther out over the Atlantic to pass close to Bermuda, and Gaston rapidly flared-up from a tropical wave to tropical storm strength to quickly fizzled out.
Over the last couple of days however there has been some reactivation leading to tropical storm Hermine and a strengthening of Gaston’s remnants to the east of the Leeward islands, while a tropical wave has entered Hurricane alley in the eastern Atlantic and several tropical waves march westward over equatorial Africa