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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!

Snapshots of Earth on 5 September 2015

While many prepare to enjoy the Labor Day weekend here in the United States the issue of weather becomes critical for plans being made. Will the weather allows us to have a picnic in the park, or to spend time at the beach with friends and family?

Speaking of weather, this morning I would like to share  several images of Earth, in full-disk view, from space to give us  an idea of what is happening weather-wise around the world, with particular attention to ‘tropical weather’ and cyclonic activity.

Full disk Earth image of 09/05/2015 over the Americas showing the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans
Full disk Earth image of 09/05/2015 over the Americas showing the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans

In these snapshots we see plenty of tropical cyclone activity including Tropical Storm FRED in the middle of the Atlantic starting to turn toward the Azores being chased by a tropical wave, which is showing some signs of potential further development to the south of the Cape Verde Islands.

Full disk image of Earth on 09/05/2015 over the eastern and central Pacific showing plenty of cyclonic activity there
Full disk image of Earth on 09/05/2015 over the eastern and central Pacific showing plenty of cyclonic activity there
Full Earth disk image on 09/05/2015 from the central to the western Pacific
Full Earth disk image on 09/05/2015 from the central to the western Pacific

Over the Pacific we see plenty of activity from the eastern Pacific sub-basin to the Central and Northwestern Pacific in the form of hurricane JIMENA east of Hawaii, typhoon KILO to  the west of Hawaii, the remnants of hurricane IGNACIO to the northwest of Hawaii, and tropical storm KEVIN just of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.

Full disk image of Earth on 09/05/2015 over the Indian Ocean where many of the seeds that become tropical waves over equatorial Africa usually form
Full disk image of Earth on 09/05/2015 over the Indian Ocean where many of the seeds that become tropical waves over equatorial Africa usually form

Noticeable in these images is the ‘belt of tropical cyclonic activity’ extending from eastern Africa through the Atlantic and the Pacific, all the way to the Indian Ocean over the Bay of Bengal and beyond to the west of India, almost encircling the whole Earth. This a sign there are plenty of seeds that could generate additional tropical cyclones activity in days to come.

Full disk image of Earth on 09/05/2015 over Africa and the eastern Atlantic, completing our  full circle around our planet
Full disk image of Earth on 09/05/2015 over Africa and the eastern Atlantic, completing our full circle around our planet