Tropical Storm Jova Forms Aug 11, 2017

The tenth named system has formed in the Pacific and its name is Jova. For those that want to pronounce it correctly, it’s a soft “J” as opposed to a hard “J” (Ho-vah).

The most interesting part of this storm is the fact that it formed from the remnants of Hurricane Franklin which was making its second landfall in Mexico just 48 hours prior. It doesn’t happen often, but storms can stay alive long enough to have two names, just like this one! The reason it’s not called ‘Franklin’ now is because it is in the eastern Pacific Ocean and storms that form in this area have predetermined names.

For a list of the Atlantic and Pacific names this season, visit the National Hurricane Center here. You can also click on additional links to find out the pronunciation of each one…since Jova can be tricky.

Meanwhile in the Atlantic Ocean we are still monitoring a tropical wave called Invest 99L. This is a tropical wave that has moved all the way across the Atlantic Ocean this week and is still holding together. In fact on Friday 99L looked a little more organized. It still has a moderate chance of developing into the next named system in the Atlantic Ocean, however the spaghetti model plots keep this offshore of the Lower 48. A big reason why that is, is because of an advancing cold front that will help push the potential system to the east on Sunday. If you look at the image above, you’ll see one model that takes this system into FL/GA. That’s why several, in fact dozens, of weather models are run on a single system so we know the consensus versus the outlier. Bottom line is not to put too much stock in the one model pushing it west. We will update you on the tropics regularly here on our site as we’re heading into the peak of the season.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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