UPDATE: At 7:30pm,CDT Tornado warnings were out just northeast of Tulsa OK, and Northeast of Minneapolis.
Washington DC, Philadelphia, in Tornado watch.–5/31/08-12:30pm, EDT
Hurricane Season seems to be starting near day one. A tropical disturbance in the western Caribbean seems to be developing. There appears at this time to be little “Shear”, especially the extreme kind that tears the tops off of thunderstorms and inhibits development. For some huricane seasons this can retard development enough to keep the US out of intense hurricane events.
This year is expected to be above average in storm development. Shear and large scale steering current patterns, can mean storms stay well off the Eastern Seaboard, or stay south into Mexico and Central or South America. The less of these manipulative factors on storm development and direction, it seems the more difficult it is to predict where storms will go. With the Caribbean being kind of docile at the moment, we will have to keep a close eye on just what happens with these tropical disturbances.
Your Tropical Link:
To check it all out. a NASA link;
July 5, 2005: Tropical Storm Cindy (NASA/ MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, Aqua satellite, Jeff Schmaltz)
The link below seems out, but I’m leaving it in just in case you would like a check in with NASA
MODIS image of the day
: Typhoon Nakri