Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Update on the Active Tropics


September 10th is statistically the peak of hurricane season, which runs June 1 to November 30.  Ocean water temps have warmed after a summer of heating, and the upper air winds cooperate a bit more at times.

We have two systems that we are tracking:

1)  In the Pacific, tropical storm Linda is located well west of North & Central America.  Forecasts take Linda slowly northward as she weakens.  She will be no threat to Mexico, the continential USA or Hawaii.

2)  In the Atlantic, tropical storm Fred has formed west of Africa.  Similar to Linda, his track takes him northward as he weakens. 

The National Hurricane Center is also watching an area along coastal North Carolina, but it does not show immediate signs of developing.