Tropical cyclone activity continues unabated in the northern hemisphere. More than sixty named-storms have been generated worldwide so far in 2018 in the northern hemisphere, from the Atlantic, the Pacific (east, central, and northwest basins), to the Indian ocean.
Currently super-typhoon TRAMI continues to move toward Taiwan, while other large tropical waves and disturbed weather cells are active over the Northwest Pacific.
In the East Pacific basin hurricane ROSA, the 18th named storm of the 2018 season is active off the coast of Mexico. Other potentially cyclonic systems are on the move off the coast of Central America and Panama.
In the Atlantic, KIRK has regenerated into a tropical storm to the east of Barbados, while LESLIE now a tropical depression is approaching the region of the Azores Islands. Another disturbed weather system is off the coast of the Carolinas to the south of Cape Hatteras, which warrants monitoring. Other tropical waves extend from ‘Hurricane Alley’ to Equatorial Africa.
Following the Autumn equinox the Sun above is now to the south of the equator increasing the heat content of the world’s oceans. As a result, we are beginning to detect some potential for cyclonic development in the southern hemisphere. One such system is now being monitored near Australia’s northeast coast.
There is plenty of fuel for continued tropical cyclone generation worldwide this Wednesday 26 September 2018. Vulnerable communities everywhere will do well to remain alert. Be prepared! MITIGATE!