Tropical Update 2013: Tropics Remain Quiet As Wildfires Blaze

By: hurricaneben , 8:12 PM GMT on June 14, 2013

The tropics remain quiet across the Atlantic basin and Eastern Pacific without any considerable areas of interest to discuss. The models were previously calling for potential development towards the Bay Of Campeche sometime in the next week but has pretty much backed up since. A weak tropical wave may make its way towards the Yucatan Peninsula Of Mexico towards the middle of next week anyway but isn't a valid candidate for short term development due to high wind shear ahead in the Caribbean. Shear is somewhat lesser in the Bay Of Campeche (20-30 knots) but still a bit high for development. I do expect the shear there to be on a decreasing trend before the wave makes it there anyway. So bottom line is no short term development candidates but maybe something to evolve down the road. Meanwhile, a record breaking wildfire continues to blaze its way through Central Colorado where numerous evacuations were ordered including parts of the city of Colorado Springs. With 379 homes destroyed and at least 2 confirmed deaths, this should go down as the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history at least in terms of property damage. It has been deemed the 'Black Forest Fire'. If you have family in the path of this massive wildfire, please contact them to assure they're aware of any evacuation orders and if you're in the path of the fire, please be alert for any possible evacuation orders your community may be under and heed all instructions.

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