Tropical Storm DORIAN, now traveling across the Atlantic appears that it will survive the ocean at least making it until it reaches the Dominican Republic. Dorian is the 4th named Atlantic tropical storm since the beginning of the hurricane season on June 1. But if you remember last year, the last storm to show its face last year turned up late, and turned into a super storm name Sandy. So even though the storm season this year failed to produce a bad storm, it is just too early to tell if this is going to be a year of no major storms like Sandy. So far, the verdict is out as far as Dorian is concerned, but forecasters are watching this one very closely, as this one began its journey off of the Cape Verde Islands, a known tropical weather birthplace responsible for so many tropical storms that have affected the U.S. in a big way.
One, maybe two forecasts show the storm entering the Gulf of Mexico by Monday of next week. Others have the storm tracking to the north prior to reaching the east coast and not affect the U.S. at all. Again, it is too early to tell, but I will be reporting on this storm a few times a day, especially when this storm creates news. By the time it reaches the Dominican Republic, the storm will have increased strength to become a Category 1 hurricane. While traveling across the Atlantic, the storm will experience wind shear that should weaken the storm somewhat, and may be able to kill it altogether.
Presently there are 3 storms brewing around the world. Any one of them has the potential of growing into a major tropical storm. Updates on Dorian can be found right here on this site daily.