Here’s a pretty picture from the Atlantic:
That, dear reader, is what an active hurricane season looks like.
The stuff you see on the left, near Louisiana and across Florida to the Atlantic, is is just crappy weather.
Near the middle of the picture, you can see a very nicely formed hurricane, and that’s Danielle. Danielle is a strong hurricane, Category Four and is getting stronger. Sustained winds are near 135 MPH (214 KPH) with higher gusts. By tomorrow at this time, if not later today, Danielle could become a Category Five storm. Bermuda will be experiencing dangerous surf, and strong waves will actually be experienced along the East Coast of the US staring on the weekend. The storm is heading roughly towards Bermuda, but it is expected to make a sharp right turn and stay way out to sea.
The blob that is south and east (lower right) of Danielle is Earl. Earl is still a tropical storm, but is on track to strengthen and become a hurricane by the end of the coming weekend.
There is a ridge to the north of Earl that keeps it in a western track, but Danielle has widened a break in this ridge which will probably be Earl’s opening for a run northwestward, possibly with an eventual hook like Danielle is doing. So, Earl is likely to do this:
To the far right of he image, partly off the map, is an as yet unnamed blob of storminess a couple of hundred miles south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. By the end of the weekend, this blob is very likely to be an official tropical depression (number eight) and should fairly quickly form into a named tropical storm. It would be called Fiona.
Not shown is some interesting looking storm activity over the Western Sahara. We’ll see how that develops over the next three or four days or so.