With less than two weeks remaining in July, the 2014 hurricane season, we have our second storm of the year in the Atlantic. The peak of the season is in the second week of September, but the end of July is generally when things begin to heat up over the Atlantic Basin.
|Tropical Depression Two's status after a few days is in doubt.|
This second depression of the year -- Hurricane Arthur battered the east coast of the U.S. over the July 4 weekend -- is small, fairly weak and sitting over relatively cool waters. In fact, the most reliable forecast models are not calling for the depression to intensify and the National Hurricane Center is actually predicting it will dissipate not long after it reaches the Caribbean in a couple days.
Given the predictions earlier in the year of a strong El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean, which normally stifles the formation of hurricanes throughout the Atlantic Basin, the year so far is shaping up as expected, but there is still nearly 10 weeks remaining in the heart of hurricane season.More »