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Two for the season: Hurricane Blanca is here!

The 2015 East Pacific hurricane season is off with a bang: two hurricanes in less than three weeks since it ‘officially’ started on 15 May.

Historically the East Pacific sub-basin has been a region of active cyclogenesis, where 58 tropical cyclones were generated over the past four years, 20 of them in 2014.

GOES WEST infrared satellite image [courtesy of NOAA] of 3 June showing Hurricane BLANCA and Tropical Storm ANDRES off the coast of Mexico
GOES WEST infrared satellite image [courtesy of NOAA] of 3 June showing Hurricane BLANCA and Tropical Storm ANDRES off the coast of Mexico
It would appear the 2015 season may be a continuation of this pattern of activity. Today, Wednesday 3 June, we find that Tropical Depression #2 strengthened rapidly during the night and it is now Hurricane BLANCA, the second named tropical cyclone of a season that is barely 19 days old. Farther west there is ANDRES now downgraded to tropical storm strength.

Projected track for Hurricane BLANCA [courtesy of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory]
Projected track for Hurricane BLANCA [courtesy of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory]
Hurricane BLANCA is moving generally NNW in a favorable ocean-atmosphere environment with good possibility of strengthening to major hurricane intensity in the next 24-48 hours as it aims for Baja California Sur in Mexico.

To the south and southeast of BLANCA there are numerous cells of stormy weather off the coast of Central America and Panama, and farther to the east there are tropical waves, rain cells and other disturbed weather over northern South America and far over the Atlantic along ‘Hurricane Alley’, the Eastern Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands and over equatorial Africa. So there is plenty of fuel for future potential cyclonic development in the Eastern Pacific. We will have to keep an eye of what happens in  this region.

GOES EAST infrared satellite image [courtesy of NOAA] of 3 June showing Hurricane BLANCA, TROPICAL WAVES AND OTHER DISTURBED WEATHER CELLS OFF THE COASTAL OF pANAMA AND cENTRAL aMERICA AND IN THE cENTRAL cARIBBEAN
GOES EAST infrared satellite image [courtesy of NOAA] of 3 June showing Hurricane BLANCA, tropical waves and other disturbed weather off the coast of Central America, Panama and in the central Caribbean
Elsewhere, there is a large cell of stormy weather over the Central Caribbean that is already affecting Cuba and the Florida Straights with plenty of rain.  Farther east over the Eastern Atlantic and Equatorial Africa the ‘tropical wave assembly line’ is already active.

Infrared satellite image of 3 June showing tropical waves riding along 'Hurricane Alley' and over Equatorial Africa
Infrared satellite image of 3 June showing tropical waves riding along ‘Hurricane Alley’ and over Equatorial Africa

There is also a large and still disorganized, but menacing looking, region of disturbed weather over the Central Pacific ocean, which merits observation and follow-up over the next day or so as it is showing some signs of potential cyclonic development.

Infrared satellite image of 3 June showing a still disorganized but large and menacing rtegion of disturbed weather over the Central Pacific ocean, which is being investigated for signs of potential cyclonic development
Infrared satellite image of 3 June showing a still disorganized but large and menacing region of disturbed weather over the Central Pacific ocean, which is being investigated for signs of potential cyclonic development

This is what is happening today in the northern tropics worldwide. There are several months left while the Sun is over the northern hemisphere and the world oceans store all of that heat energy, which may contribute to cyclogenesis. On the other hand there are a developing El Niño over the Pacific,  global warming and other potential triggers and contributors to cyclogenesis to contend with.

So, to all interests in vulnerable island nations and coastal regions worldwide I say, be prepared, remain alert, MITIGATE!

PEER VOICES: A conversation with Caroline Lewis of The CLEO Institute!

PEER VOICES: A Conversation with Caroline Lewis – 21 July 2014

A CONVERSATION WITH CAROLINE LEWIS, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CLEO INSTITUTE A NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION BASED IN FLORIDA¹

Greetings, I am Ricardo Alvarez and I welcome you to MITIGAT.com ².

Today is Monday the 21st day of July 2014 and we have the pleasure of launching ‘PEER VOICES’, a new segment of MITIGAT.com where we plan to interview leaders, subject-matter experts and concerned members of humanity who have made or are trying to make a difference for the benefit of our communities, and the world, by addressing issues of critical importance.

Today on this warm and sunny, but soon to be muggy and stormy day in South Florida, we are graced by the presence of our good friend Caroline Lewis, an education strategist who builds capacity, promotes innovation and inspires leadership in individuals and institutions. Caroline, our first-ever guest in PEER VOICES is the founder and executive director of The CLEO Institute.

Caroline Lewis
Caroline Lewis

MITIGAT.com:       Good morning, Caroline! Welcome to MITIGAT.com!
I always enjoy meeting and having a conversation with you, because I usually learn a lot from you, and I always end up feeling motivated and ready to tackle the big challenges in front of us.
This conversation will be different; you are the first person I interview for the PEER VOICES section of Mitigat.com. So, in a sense you are a guinea pig participating in an experiment.

Are you ready?

Caroline:      VERY ready. Thanks for this opportunity, Ricardo, and for YOUR good work


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