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JULY 5, 2014: Plenty of Cyclonic Activity!

This morning of Saturday 5 July 2014 we awaken to plenty of cyclonic activity around the world.

Visible light satellite image (NASA) of Tropical Storm ARTHUR during the morning hours of Saturday 5 July 2014
Visible light satellite image (NASA) of Tropical Storm ARTHUR during the morning hours of Saturday 5 July 2014

ARTHUR has  now degraded to a still strong tropical storm  while dumping lots of rain over the northeastern USA and eastern Canada as it continues to track toward the northeast. The storm is getting quite disorganized, and it presents a ragged appearance in satellite imagery. The heaviest and largest area of precipitation is to the northwest of the center of circulation.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 5 July 2014 showing Tropical Storm ARTHUR over the USA northeast and eastern Canada, as well as 'Hurricane Alley' just to the north of the equator
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 5 July 2014 showing Tropical Storm ARTHUR over the USA northeast and eastern Canada, as well as ‘Hurricane Alley’ just to the north of the equator

Also in the Atlantic basin we see ‘Hurricane Alley’ populated by a string of storms generated by tropical waves on their way from Equatorial Africa toward northern South America and the Caribbean.

On the other side of the continent, over the eastern Pacific we still have what is now a weak tropical storm DOUGLAS tracking northwest. To the southeast of DOUGLAS there are several cells of disturbed weather off the coast from Panama to Central America and southern Mexico.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) taken during the night of 5 July 2014 showing a weakening Tropical Storm DOUGLAS tracking NW away from Mexico
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) taken during the night of 5 July 2014 showing a weakening Tropical Storm DOUGLAS tracking NW away from Mexico
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 5 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI as it tracks NW over the Philippines Sea
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 5 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI as it tracks NW over the Philippines Sea

Thousand of kilometers to the west of DOUGLAS, in the northwestern Pacific over the Philippines Sea we can see a strong Typhoon NEOGURI tracking NW over a rather favorable ocean-atmosphere environment, which will most probably cause it to strengthen possible to a category 5 0ver the next 48 – 72 hours.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 5 Julky 2014 showing a well defined low pressure system with cyclonic characteristics in the central/southern Indian Ocean
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 5 July 2014 showing a well-defined low pressure system with cyclonic characteristics in the central/southern Indian Ocean

Last, but not least, there is a strong tropical wave over the Indian Ocean south of the equator that is showing cyclonic characteristics and may warrant further observation.

While not record-breaking this is quite a ‘cyclonic day’ in Planet Earth!