Normally, around this time of year, US residents turn their attention to the Atlantic Ocean to see what tropical cyclones – hurricanes, tornadoes, and tropical storms (including depressions)— the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean will birth.
Tropical cyclone Bertha is upon the Bahamas, according to the forecast (which placed the storm in the Bahamas at 2AM Monday morning, August 4), so the Atlantic Ocean is still one of some tropical activity. Bertha’s not expected to become a hurricane, however.
This year, however, the cooler temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean aren’t churning as much as before. Instead, all eyes are now centering upon the Pacific Ocean because of the tropical cyclones that’re popping up left and right. Genevieve’s remnants were in the Pacific Ocean over the weekend, and tropical cyclone Iselle (named Tropical Storm Iselle) was born just a few days ago, on July 31st. By August 1, Iselle’s winds were at 60MPH, and she was estimated to be 1,160 miles west-southwest of Baja California, Mexico at that time.
Now, tropical cyclone Julio is now in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. According to meteorologists, Julio is a tropical storm that’s currently traveling west (13.4 degrees north, 118.4 degrees west) at 13 miles per hour. Meteorologists have placed Julio moving westward and say that “he” should be a category 1 storm (at 75mph) on Tuesday evening. By Friday evening, tropical cyclone Julio could have sustained winds at around 90 miles per hour.
Between tropical cyclones Iselle and Julio, those in the Hawaiian Islands need to remain cautious and vigilant about these tropical cyclones and their paths as the week progresses and into the weekend.
It’s a busy time in the Pacific Ocean, but hopefully, these storms will do nothing more than “wave” and pass on by.