After a sluggish first half so far the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season may be showing some signs of activity, as we approach the historical peak of the season. A conglomerate of storm and rain cells that moved down ‘hurricane alley’ in recent days is now interacting with Hispaniola and showing signs of organization and continued strengthening. Although hurricane-hunter airplanes have failed to detect a center of circulation, the system is given a high probability for cyclonic development over the next day or so as it approaches the southeastern Bahamas. Should this system become a tropical cyclone it would be ‘Cristobal’ the 3rd named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
While we continue to monitor the progress of this system and wait to see if it indeed may become a named storm, we need to keep our eyes farther to the east over the eastern Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands, and over Equatorial Africa where the ‘tropical wave assembly line’ is also showing signs of increased activity.
On the other side, over the East Pacific Ocean the ‘dance of the storms’ continue with some surprising and interesting developments taking place overnight. Two of the storms, KARINA and MARIE have reached hurricane strength while LOWELL continues to maintaining tropical storm status.
Hurricane KARINA, which originated from tropical depression #12 on 11 August, had traveled some 3,500 kilometers in a generally westward direction pointing toward Hawaii before becoming a hurricane and turning around by 180 degrees in the middle of the ocean. As a result of this veritable pirouette KARINA is now following an ENE track toward the coast of Mexico, while LOWELL and MARIE are tracking NW and NNW respectively.
Mother nature never ceases to surprise us!