Even though the NHC does have an area outlined in yellow today off the coast of Africa, I think that July will finish up without much to really be concerned about.
There is a formidable tropical wave located just off the African coast today and the GFS model in particular has been suggesting that this would develop. However, conditions in the tropical Atlantic are marginal at best with plenty of mid-level dry air present and a distinct lack of upward motion. As such, I think that this tropical wave will have a tough time developing much in the coming days. It is still July and climatology is a big part of the equation. There is a reason why we do not see much development in the tropical Atlantic this time of year – give it a couple of more weeks and things will change.
In the east Pacific, the NHC is monitoring invest area 98-E for slow development over the next several days. In this case, conditions are fairly favorable but what ever comes of it will move away from Mexico and not pose any threat for folks there.
In other news, our app, Hurricane Impact, is almost ready for Android devices. I am going to be testing it myself later today and will have a good idea of when we can expect it to hit the Google Play store. The app will feature the same features as our iOS version: daily video blog, HurricaneTrack.com blog, live Surge Cam, live weather data feed, field mission video blogs, our own tracking maps along with Twitter and Facebook integrated in to the app. It will also feature content from Mike Watkins of Hurricane Analytics which will be a new addition to our iOS version as well in the coming weeks. We are excited to have both platforms covered and know that the Android users out there will be equally excited. As soon as I know the release date, I’ll post a special blog with the announcement.
Enjoy the quiet pattern while it lasts. August is approaching and a month from now, I would venture to guess that we’ll have a lot to talk about.