Technically, hurricane season has been going for a while now but I’ve not found any reason to start discussing disturbing weather until now. And, we have two items of interest. First, a storm is blowing up off the east coast of Florida. This is a tropical storm forming in the western Atlantic. That is not particularly strange. Most years, however, storms form by the time the associated wave has reached the middle of the Atlantic, or at least, are far enough along that you can think of tropical storm formation in the Atlantic as a phenomenon directly linked to West Africa and the eastern Atlantic. I haven’t yet verified this, but it seems to me that in a given year either zero or a fair number of storms form in the gulf or the western Atlantic. Maybe we are having one of those years. Anyway, this storm is called 98L and there will possibly be something going on there by mid week.
Meanwhile, in the western Pacific, there is a full-on typhoon heading towards Japan. Ma-on is a Cat Three storm and it will graze the east coas of Honshu in two days. It may cycle through Cat Four size and then back to Cat Three size by that time. The storm is huge. It may in fact have little impact on Japan as Japan will be on the trailing wing; Anything far asea to the east of Japan, on the right side of the storm’s eye, will be hit with a fairly high surge and strong winds, most likely. While the storm is at its strongest, this means basically nothing because there are no islands in that region, but after the storm turns east-northeast on Tuesday, it will cross a line of islands.
Info on Ma-on is here.