Today is Wednesday 30 July 2014. For the past couple of weeks, and more so over the past four or five days we have noticed ‘hurricane alley’, out there between the western coast of Equatorial Africa and the Lesser Antilles, getting more and more populated by tropical waves, and larger cells of disturbed weather.
NOAA Satellite imagery from earlier today shows several such tropical waves, including one about mid-way between Africa and the Caribbean, that we have been monitoring over the past three to four days, which is showing some signs of getting better organized and potential for cyclonic development.
Could this be the genesis of Bertha, the second-named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season? Mother Nature will decide on the basis of the various contributing factors ahead of the current track for this system; in the mean time all interests in the Caribbean, Gulf, the Bahamas and Florida need to pay attention, remain alert, be prepared and keep MITIGATING!
The Pacific ocean continues to be the ‘hotspot’ in the world in terms of tropical cyclone activity. Today 27 July 2014, for example, we see a strenghtening Tropical Storm HERNAN near the Pacific coast of Mexico. This is the 8th named storm of the 2014 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season, a bit to the west there is a tropical wave, identified as ‘INVEST 97W’ being closely monitored by the National Hurricane Center, and even farther west pointing toward Hawaii there are the remnants of tropical Storm GENEVIEVE, now a tropical depression.
Continuing West near Guam there is a cell of disturbed weather designated as INVEST 90W that is showing signs of potential cyclonic development, and in the Philippines Sea there is ‘INVEST 96W’ that is also showing some potential for cyclonic development in a region that has seen quite a bit of tropical cyclone activity over the past few weeks.
In the Atlantic basin there is activity along ‘Hurricane Alley’ including a tropical wave southwest of the Cape Verde Islands that is showing some ‘promise’ for potential cyclonic activity in a 2 – 3 days as it enters a more favorable ocean-atmosphere environment. So there is a possibility for some activity in what so far has been a rather uneventful 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
Full-disk satellite imagery of Earth western hemisphere show the ‘belt of cyclonic activity’ much better defined, by tropical waves and cells of stormy weather, than just a few weeks ago.
Imagery of sea surface temperature for 26 July show a continuing warming trend both in the Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific, so conditions continue to be favorable for the most part for potential cyclonic development.
Let us keep of watching and monitoring the tropics!