Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tropical Storm ERIN formed off of Cape Verde Islands

The tropical storm season has now picked up and now running in full gear. Just when you hope for a little relief, you discover that one saying is true for the tropical season. "It ain't over until it's over". This is especially true right now during the 2013 tropical season. 
A breeding ground for tropical storms each year is an area in the Atlantic just off of the African coast in the waters surrounding Cape Verde. At the present time, the water temperatures are perfect for breeding storms. Actually to our surprise this year, not many tropical storms have been produced in this area. But now is one of those times that a storm has actually formed, quite suddenly and has changed strength a few times. Because of upper level disturbances this storm named ERIN is now moving northwest in the Atlantic and already reached tropical storm strength, but it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression once again within the next 24 hours. That's good news, but the storm continues to move in the general direction of the United States, passing through generally warm waters and looks to be aiming at the east coast of the United States at the present time. That's good news for the Gulf of Mexico states like Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. But there at the moment in the Gulf, is what I call a 'sleeping storm'. Presently in the southern Gulf of Mexico, there is a weather system that is not very well organized, but has the potential of growing into a tropical storm very quickly. There is allot of moisture present in one area of the Gulf, and the low associated to it is actually centered to the west of the cloud cover. So it is actually very disorganized at this time, but if the two come together, another storm may brew up right in the Gulf of Mexico.
So presently, the United States may be dodging two bullets at this time. Actually it is too early to tell when it comes to both of these storms. I believe the one to watch is the storm system that actually strengthened enough to receive a name, now known as tropical storm ERIN.


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