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16 October 2016: The northern tropics remain restless, watch out!

The Autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere has come and gone, and as the Sun marches south of the equator overhead the southern hemisphere tropics we have started to see tropical waves and storm cells flare-up on that half of the planet.

Soon the northern hemisphere hurricane, typhoon and cyclone seasons will start to wind down and cease menacing hundreds of million of residents of coastal regions and island nations in the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian oceans.

We  in the northern hemisphere must however remain alert and be prepared, for the ‘official’ tropical cyclone seasons may end on fixed dates, but the reality is that Mother Nature will always do as she will!  Also, ocean heat content has continuously grown higher as every new year becomes the warmest of record or one of the warmest. So, conditions for tropical cyclone development have become earlier-happening, longer-lasting and wider-spread over time.

Infrared satellite image of 10 October 2016 showing various tropical waves, areas of disturbed weather, and Hurricane NICOLE over the larger north Atlantic basin
Infrared satellite image of 16 October 2016 showing various tropical waves, areas of disturbed weather, and Hurricane NICOLE over the larger north Atlantic basin

In fact, satellite imagery this morning brought pictures of a large tropical disturbance over the Bahamas looking suspiciously as if cyclonic development could be possible. This may already be affecting a wide region from Florida to the Carolinas, which were hit hard a few days ago by Hurricane MATTHEW, and also suffered a remote hit that coincided with King Tides from passage of Hurricane NICOLE at a distance.

Other satellite images of the north Atlantic basin show a tropical wave over the isthmus of Panama, another one in the middle of ‘hurricane alley’ and yet another one beginning to emerge over the eastern Atlantic from equatorial Africa, plus a nice one of Hurricane NICOLE still going strong over the open waters of the Atlantic.

Enhanced infrared satellite image of 16 October 2016 showing numerous tropical waves and storm cells reaching some 10,000 kilometers from Atlantic Waters to the Lake Victoria region in eastern Africa
Enhanced infrared satellite image of 16 October 2016 showing numerous tropical waves and storm cells reaching some 10,000 kilometers from Atlantic Waters to the Lake Victoria region in eastern Africa

Farther east from the eastern Atlantic waters, there remains a long train of tropical waves and storm cells over equatorial Africa reaching all the way to Lake Victoria and beyond. Plenty of fuel left for future cyclonic activity.

Enhanced infrared satellite image of 16 October 2016 over the Northwest Pacific showing typhoons SARIKA and HAIMA respectfully moving away from and approaching the Philippines!
Enhanced infrared satellite image of 16 October 2016 over the Northwest Pacific showing typhoons SARIKA and HAIMA respectfully moving away from and approaching the Philippines!

On the opposite side of the planet, near northwest Pacific waters there is typhoon SARIKA moving in the South China Sea toward another landwall after ravaging the Philippines, while to the east there is a strong typhoon HAIMA approaching the Philippines Sea and a possible double-whammy on that most cyclone-vulnerable country on Earth.

Life goes on, and this is the only planet we have for now, so it is prudent to pay attention, remain alert, and be prepared alway. MITIGATE!

28 August 2016: Four Hurricanes and other storms are active today worldwide!

GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 28 August 2016 showing Hurricane GASTON in the central north Atlantic, a possible tropical depression approaching the Carolinas, and the long-lived tropical wave now between northern Cuba and the Bahamas moving  toward the Florida straits and southeastern Gulf of Mexico
GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 28 August 2016 showing Hurricane GASTON in the central north Atlantic, a possible tropical depression approaching the Carolinas, and the long-lived tropical wave now between northern Cuba and the Bahamas moving toward the Florida straits and southeastern Gulf of Mexico

GASTON, once again a hurricane, is intensifying over the open central north Atlantic. At the same time the long lived tropical wave over rather warm surface waters between Northern Cuba and the Northwestern Bahamas is somewhat better organized today as it continues to move toward the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.  A large cell of disturbed weather, which appears of the verge of cyclonic development, is still moving toward the Carolinas coastline.

Mosaic of satellite images showing water-vapor in the atmosphere over the Atlantic and Indian ocean basins on Sunday 28 August 2016
Mosaic of satellite images showing water-vapor in the atmosphere over the Atlantic and Indian ocean basins on Sunday 28 August 2016

Over the east-central North Pacific, Hurricane LESTER is moving westward away from the Pacific coast of Mexico following Tropical Storm MADELINE, farther ahead, also moving west toward Hawaii. Together these two named tropical cyclones could pose a ‘double-whammy’ for Hawaii toward the end of this week.

Projected track of Hurricane LESTER in the east-central North Pacific on 28 August 2016
Projected track of Hurricane LESTER in the east-central North Pacific on 28 August 2016
Projected track of Tropical Storm MADELINE in the central north Pacific on 28 August 2016
Projected track of Tropical Storm MADELINE in the central north Pacific on 28 August 2016

At the opposite end of the Pacific major hurricane LIONROCK, which has meandered for a few days, is once again pointing toward Japan.

Mosaic of satellite images showing water vapor in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on 28 August 2016
Mosaic of satellite images showing water vapor in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on 28 August 2016

Beyond these named tropical cyclones, there are several tropical waves and cells of disturbed weather throughout the various ocean basins in the Northern Hemisphere and Equatorial Africa on this Sunday, 28 August 2016.

Be prepared. remain alert. MITIGATE!