Will devote this hurricane season to provide up-to-the-minute, basic information when a tropical system is threatening land. Both basins included.
By: hurricaneben , 9:00 PM GMT on August 08, 2013
This blog post will be quick due to the relative quietness in the tropics aside from Hurricane Henriette. After weakening some yesterday, Hurricane Henriette has strengthened into a strong category two with winds around 105 MPH. Movement is to the W but a more SW turn should occur in the next 24 hours and right now, despite strengthening, the threat to Hawaii is even lower than this time yesterday. Basically it should miss the island chain as a whole, by some 400 to 600 miles to the south so any heavy rainbands should remain over the open waters. Increased surf still is a possibility, but even so, not by a whole lot. Maybe some slight additional strengthening could occur in the next 6-12 hours but beyond that point, rapidly cooling SSTs in Henriette's path should make way for steady weakening. There also exists a tropical disturbance over the open Pacific waters which may develop into something more worthy over the next few days but this, too, is expected to stay at sea for now.
I'll have another update on the tropics either tomorrow or Saturday. The tropics in the Atlantic remain fairly quiet (minimal chances of development in the Caribbean is the extent of it) but in the next couple of weeks, the potential for enhanced Cape Verde (and possibly elsewhere) activity is on the steady rise.
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