Colleagues, Hurricane Season is not over; officially nearly two months left. Tropical Storm PHILIPPE is in the mid-Atlantic heading NW but will shortly heard N and then NE, avoiding all land as forecast a week ago. Although it is not 100% certain, I do not believe Florida will be hit by a storm that forms off the coast of Africa the remainder of this season. And although with less conviction, I also think NC and the east coast will also be spared. This is because for the last few years the position of the jet streams and the southern extent of the fronts have eroded the Atlantic ridges and turned almost all storms away. As the season wears on, the fronts will even be stronger further south. It is a gauntlet that storms have not been able to navigate. Although a landfall from a Cape Verde storm is still possible, but becomes less likely every day.
However, a storm forming in the Caribbean, which hasn't been happening, could easily move into the Gulf and threaten from Florida to Texas. This also has not happened, but it is the more likely scenario if a hurricane was to hit Florida or the US again this year. The FL panhandle would me more threatened than the peninsula, but.... Remember, Charlie, Wilma.
I have finally got with my son's help a blog on my trip to China posted at http://www.hurricanehunt.com I have received more questions on communication of forecasts. I am writing a paper of forecast verification. Although I recognize it would have limited appeal, I will post it sometime in the next few months. I hope to post something on a topic of interest again in a week or two.
Next forecast will be when a new storm threatens.
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