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27 August 2016. Remain alert. Be prepared. MITIGATE!

We are approaching what historically has been the peak of the annual Atlantic hurricane season, and there is plenty of activity both on the North Atlantic basin and in the Eastern North Pacific basin as well.

GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing tropical cyclonic and stormy weather activity over the north Atlantic basin

GOES EAST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing tropical cyclonic and stormy weather activity over the north Atlantic basin

The tropical wave we’ve been tracking for several days, since it rode along Hurricane Alley toward the Antilles and the U.S.A., is over the central Bahamas this Saturday 27 August 2016 generating rain over a vast region including the Bahamas, Cuba, and Hispaniola. This system, which has been rather difficult to forecast in terms of track and intensity, is expected to continue moving generally WNW over the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of days.

Over the central open waters of the Atlantic, Tropical Storm GASTON continues to be well-organized while strengthening, with high probability of becoming a hurricane yet again.

Elsewhere there is a tropical wave in the northern Gulf of Mexico coming overland in Texas and Louisiana , which is generating copiousrain over a regions that is still reeling from recent extreme rain events and  disastrous flooding.  To round things up, there is another tropical wave moving toward the Carolinas’ coastal region.

GOES WEST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing Hurricane LESTER and Tropical Storm MADELINE MOVING WESTWARD OFF THE COAST OF mEXICO
GOES WEST infrared satellite image of 27 August 2016 showing Hurricane LESTER and Tropical Storm MADELINE moving westward off the Pacific coast of Mexico

On the eastern Pacific side of the Americas there is a strengthening Hurricane LESTER some 1500 km west of Acapulco, Mexico, while farther to the west Tropical Storm MADELINE is strengthening and moving in the general direction of Hawaii, 1800 km away.

Infrared satellite view of Hurricane LESTER located 1500 kilometers west of Acapulco, Mexico
Infrared satellite view of Hurricane LESTER located 1500 kilometers west of Acapulco, Mexico

Watching all of this cyclonic and stormy weather activity, we are reminded to remain alert, be prepared. MITIGATE!