Tropical Cyclone Activity Continues in the Pacific

Three days ago I posted a piece highlighting several named-storms and tropical waves active in the vast Pacific basin from the east, off the coast of Mexico and Central America, to the far reaches of the Northwest Pacific near Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, China and Viet Nam. Today, Friday 17 August, new tropical cyclones confirm the agitated state of this basin.

Two new named tropical cyclones, SOULIK and RUMBIA, have activated over the Northwest Pacific sub-basin, while several tropical waves are also active in the region

Two new named tropical cyclones are now active in the Northwest Pacific, Tropical Storm RUMBIA approaching landfall in China near Shanghai, and Typhoon SOULIK approaching southern Japan. At the same time, Tropical Storm BEBINCA has made landfall in Viet Nam south of Hanoi and continues to move inland.

Satellite image (NOAA) of 17 August 2018 showing Hurricane LANE, the 12th named tropical cyclone of the 2018 East Pacific Hurricane Season that began 15 May

Over the East Pacific sub-basin , about half way between Mexico and Hawaii, there is Tropical Storm LANE, the 12th named tropical cyclone of the 2018 East Pacific hurricane season that officially started on 15 May. Concurrently there are a few tropical waves closer to the coast of Central America.

Satellite image (NOAA) over the North Atlantic basin on Friday 17 August, showing some activity in what so far has been a rather quiet season.

In the Atlantic Basin the 5th named tropical cyclone of the 2018 season, tropical Storm ERNESTO is now active to the northwest of the Azores moving toward the northeast.  There is also a tropical depression riding along hurricane alley as it moves toward the Windward Islands. This particular system warrants close monitoring over the next couple of days.