Hurricane Ernesto, T-Storms & the Marvel of Science
August 7th, 2012
While the tropics have definitely been “waking up,” the U.S. is under no immediate threat of a tropical cyclone. I have a hunch that it’s just a matter of time, but we’ll see. In the meantime, it’s quite the scene in Central America as Hurricane Ernesto intensifies and tracks off the northern Honduras coastline.
Ernesto has now become a Category 1 hurricane and will be making landfall in the Yucatan peninsula. The Yucatan will weaken Ernesto, but he has a shot at restrengthening in the Bay of Campeche before making a second landfall in Central Mexico.
Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan is just starting to see the outer bands of Ernesto. You can see the live webcam here.
A few more tropical waves in the Atlantic Basin will have to be monitored this week. None has an impressively high chance of development in the next 48 hours, but we’ll keep you posted. Florence is no longer an organized system.
In the meantime, it is the time of the year that you start watching the Cape Verde tropical waves off the coast of Africa. Here’s a look at the the areas of origin and typical tracks for the month of August with red being the most likely.
If you’re wondering whether this season is “underperforming,” here’s an interesting read:
Back in the U.S., we’ve been tracking pretty beefy storms. Nebraska had an impressive storm that resulted in 60 mph gusts and half-dollar size hail (1.25″). The good folks at NWS North Platte managed to share some incredible images:
These lightning pictures made me swoon! You can see the full album here.
Today’s Severe Threat
More storms are across the country, but it looks like Nebraska might have enough instability to support a few more severe storms. Here’s the severe outlook for today:
“Roving” in Mars
As a science geek, I am so excited that the Curiosity Rover has made it to the surface of Mars. After a 36 week journey, the rover arrived to the Red Planet yesterday and is returning some interesting photos to us Earthlings.
The rover shared its first color photo and lo-res video today. It’ll be neat to see what this guy will show us in the next 2 years. Read more about the image below here.
Thanks for checking in!