|7-day accumulated rainfall for Puerto Rico ending the morning of 8/31/2015|
|24-hour precipitation for the southeastern U.S. ending the morning of 8/31/2015|
A low pressure system that move off the west coast of Africa became Tropical Storm Fred Sunday, Hurricane Fred early this morning, and was downgraded to Tropical Storm this evening. Fred is a small cyclone and likely will be moving into unfavorable upper air conditions in the next few days. Current forecasts call for it to be only a tropical depression by the end of the week.
|Forecast track for Fred.|
Conditions are even more interesting in the central Pacific, where three hurricanes are spinning.
|NOAA GOES-West image of three hurricanes in the Pacific: Kilo (left), Ignacio (middle), and Jimena (right).|
Hurricane Kilo is a Category 4 hurricane located several hundred miles east of Wake Island. Hurricane Ignacio is a Category 2 storm (it was a Category 4 storm on Sunday) located about 350 miles east of Honolulu. Hurricane Jimena is another Category 4 storm with peak sustained winds of 145 mph. Ignacio is not expected to directly threaten Hawaii, but it is producing dangerous surf conditions. This is the first time three major hurricanes (category 3 or higher) have been observed over the central Pacific at the same time.
|The eye of Hurricane Jimena taken by astronaut Kimiya Yui on the International Space Station|
The tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific is being supported by some very warm water. Below is an image of the Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly as of today.
|Sea surface temperature anomaly on August 31. The water over which the hurricanes are located is 1.5°C to more than 2.5°C (2.7°F to 4.5°F) above normal.|
Finally Tropical Depression 14-E developed in the eastern Pacific and late today was located about 700 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California. It is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm in the next 24 hours and turn to the north.