Not a real time image. Courtesy of NOAA.
Due to a stubborn Bermuda High, the Intertropical Convergence Zone has been forced south for the first 6 weeks of the 2007 hurricane season. Since the zone is a key ingredient in the witches brew of tropical storms, its being forced into the South American coast has created a lull in cyclonic development.
Well, no more. The high is relenting and the ITCZ is slowly moving north. Already there is something brewing just south of Puerto Rico.
Last year's relatively quiet season, i.e. little Gulf of Mexico activity, combined with this years slow start might bring on complacency. It shouldn't. We are now just entering peak hurricane season so it would be a good time to check all your preparations.
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