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Hurricane Alley is active in the Atlantic!

Tropical cyclone activity continues in the Pacific Ocean. Today 17 August there are two strong, and strengthening, typhoons GONI and ATSANI in the far northwestern Pacific aiming in the general direction of Taiwan and Southern Japan. This raises  the possibility that a region that has been battered continuously in 2015, as recently as a couple of weeks ago, may be in for another strong impact over the next few days.

Mosaic of infrared satellite images of 17 August 2015 showing Tropical depression ELEVEN over the eastern Pacific, and typhoons GONI and ATSANI over the far northwestern Pacific
Mosaic of infrared satellite images of 17 August 2015 showing Tropical depression ELEVEN over the eastern Pacific, and typhoons GONI and ATSANI over the far northwestern Pacific

Also in the Pacific, but in its eastern confines there is  Tropical depression ELEVEN some 1,000 kilometers west of the peninsula of Baja California in Mexico.

Worthy of notice today as well is strong tropical wave moving westward along Hurricane Alley in the Atlantic, some 1000 kilometers southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, which is showing signs of getting organized and perhaps developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 – 72 hours. Could this be the genesis of DANNY, the fourth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

Mosaic of infrared satellite images of 17 August 2015 showing a strong tropical wave moivng along 'Hurricane Alley' some 1000 kilometers southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, which is showing sign of potential cyclonic activity
Mosaic of infrared satellite images of 17 August 2015 showing a strong tropical wave moivng along ‘Hurricane Alley’ some 1000 kilometers southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, which is showing sign of potential cyclonic activity

Despite an early start of the 2015 season, the Atlantic basin has remained rather quite under the influence of a strengthening El Niño off the Pacific coast of South America. Today, however, in addition to this tropical wave moving west along Hurricane Alley toward the Lesser Antilles, there is a train of tropical waves over equatorial Africa progressing toward the eastern Atlantic that may be the seeds for future cyclonic activity, just as we approach the historical peak of the annual Atlantic hurricane season.

Only time will tell i we are witnessing the gestation of DANNY over the Atlantic, or if any of the tropical waves riding behind will develop into a tropical cyclone, but in the meantime all interest in the Caribbean, the Gulf, and in Florida will do well to pay attention, remain alert, be prepared, and continue to practice mitigation!

Could it be Bertha out there in the distance?

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. 0730at0500ircolor22

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!