This year for the Atlantic Ocean has not been quiet, unless you base your opinion on storms striking land in the continental US. As always, the Caribbean Islands have had a fair share of storms, but not as many as previous years. The oddities have been Hurricane Bill and Tropical Storm Grace both making their way to the UK. While the storm tracks did not follow them through to the coast, the extratropical storm remnants did make it, causing torrential rains and minimal damage to land.
In the Eastern Pacific, off of the West Coast of the US and Mexico, we have had a large number of storms. Right now, we are following Category 4 Hurricane Rick. Hurricane Rick is heading to the Baja Mexico peninsula, which has already seen the remnants of Tropical Storm Andres, Hurricane Jimena, Tropical Depression Olaf, and a quickly dissipating Tropical Storm Patricia.
The Central Pacific is an open area that you would think would not matter much, unless you are in shipping. While that could be partially true, residents and visitors to Hawaii would most certainly disagree with you. Storms like Hurricane Felicia, Hurricane Guillermo and Tropical Storm Hilda form in the eastern Pacific ocean, and travel a long way to become a threat to the Hawaiian islands.
While Hurricane does not presently track Typhoons in the Western Pacific, we have found another oddity of the season. The west coast is feeling the remnants of Typhoon Melor. How often does that happen? About as often as Hurricane remnants hit the UK!
Prior to creating our iPhone App Hurricane, I like most people in the US paid little attention to the tropical systems outside of the Atlantic Ocean. Growing up in South Florida made it necessary to watch those storms because we were directly affected. Last year, Hurricane Norbert opened my eyes to the simple fact that hurricanes do affect the west coast of North America. This year, thanks to Hurricane, I have kept better track of the affects of hurricanes on areas outside of my little sphere. As an application developer, my hope is that Hurricane can help travelers and residents stay better informed about storms that affect you.
Even as this year’s storm season seems to have come to an early close for most on the US eastern seaboard, we will continue to keep watch on the tropics around the world.
If you track hurricanes, and want to see a little of what Hurricane can do for you, I often post screen shots directly from Hurricane on twitter @weatherangel. Feel free to take a look and see what you have been missing! Keep in mind that my screen shots are not automated, I post them as time allows or I see fit.