Beyond The Forecast: Tropics heating up as peak of hurricane season approaches

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Happy Monday! In case you missed it, Tropical Storms Josephine and Kyle fell apart over the weekend. That means we don’t currently have any named storms in the Atlantic basin, but that could change very soon as we enter the peak of hurricane season. The climatological peak is Aug. 20 to Oct. 10.

The National Hurricane Center has its eye on two tropical waves that have medium chances for development over the next five days. The organization is giving the wave that is further east a slightly better chance to develop than the one that will soon enter the Caribbean.

If these waves are able to organize and strengthen into a named storm, they would become the 12th and 13th of the season. The next names on the list are Laura and Marco.

It will be extremely important to track any new storms that form over the next month and a half because they will have plenty of fuel to strengthen.

Water temperatures [or sea surface temperatures (SST)] in the Gulf and Atlantic are very high.

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