Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Atlantic Basin Comes To Life

We will probably see the first tropical storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season during the next 24 hours as an area of disturbed weather churns several thousand miles out in the open Atlantic.

We are approaching the busy time for tropical activity, typically from late August through much of September.

Two other area of disturbed weather are located closer to the islands but if we see any development it should be slow according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

There are two new systems to watch in the eastern Pacific. Both are organizing and one may be named sometime today.

The good news is they will not threaten land.

And former major hurricane Felicia is crossing the Hawaiian islands today as a tropical depression.

It is a windy and rainy day across much of the island chain and it will remain unsettled for the next 36 hours or so.


  1. How Will El Nino affect the season?

    If at all?

  2. We're ready along the Gulf Coast. Expecting rain this weekend from the area of disturbed weather in Caribbean - and keeping an eye on the one way out there...

  3. Haugen: Regarding your question about El Nino, I found the following info from the NWS Climate Prediction Center and hope you find it helpful, "Temperature and precipitation impacts over the United States are typically weak during the Northern Hemisphere Summer and early Fall, and generally strengthen during the late Fall and Winter. El NiƱo can help to suppress Atlantic hurricane activity by increasing the vertical wind shear over the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean (see the Aug. 6th update of the NOAA Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Outlook)." With that said, we're hoping for a quiet hurricane season - but in my past experience I've found August thru September to be our "worry time" along the Northern Gulf Coast. Best thing to do is stay aware and non-complacent.