I hereby withdraw my earlier prediction that a blob over Mali and Niger would be the next named Atlantic storm. Instead, I think it will be this one right here:


We shall name it Karl. If it forms into a tropical storm soon. Expect that by Thursday.


  1. #1 dmab
    September 14, 2010

    you are going to die for all your lies…

  2. #2 bcoppola
    September 14, 2010

    Gonna get soggy in the Yucatan, development or not…

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    September 14, 2010

    dmab: Are you still in Canada or should I start checking for suspicious characters following me?

    bcoppola: And central Mexico, likely, as well.

    I just looked at a very long term track model for Julia, and it is interesting: It could recurve back to the region it first formed. This could be one of those strange cases where the hurricane does a Lazarus, or merges with a second system. Might have to go to the hyphenated name rule.

  4. #4 Benton Jackson
    September 14, 2010

    “dmab: Are you still in Canada or should I start checking for suspicious characters following me?”

    If I ever recognize you out and about in Maple Grove, I’m going to make sure I introduce myself like “Are you Greg Laden? Don’t worry, I’m not dmab.”

    Because I am probably a suspicious looking character.

  5. #5 Morejello
    September 14, 2010

    Karl’s way ahead of you Greg, at least according to the NHC. Already named as a tropical depression.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    September 14, 2010

    Morejello: Cool. But I should mention that these blog posts are written at a certain time and then the words stay the same, so at the time I wrote this post Karl the TD did not exist!

  7. #7 Greg Laden
    September 14, 2010

    I’m practically in Maple Grove right this second!

  8. #8 ToSeek
    September 14, 2010

    For about four or five days the SHIPS intensity forecast has predicted that it’s going to intensify into a tropical storm, but it took until today for it to happen.

  9. #9 Peromyscus
    September 14, 2010

    It’s a Tropical Storm and it could even become a hurricane.

    Thankfully Igor will not be hitting the North Carolina coast, or any USA land.

  10. #10 Morejello
    September 15, 2010

    Ah yeah. Sorry Greg, I forgot that some of these posts are scheduled. I was going strictly by the posting time. Besides, my intent was just to let you know it was named, not to say that you were wrong in some way.