August has come to an end in the usual way, with warm, humid nights causing condensation onto the windows in the early morning that obscures the view outside. But this has also been an unusual August with no named tropical storms during the entire month. According to the newspaper this has happened only three times since 1960. We have had many cloudy days covering large areas of the region, forming what I call a “tropical wad,” but none of these became active or organized enough to even develop into a tropical depression.
Will this hurricane season continue its docile pattern, or will September’s warm sea waters finally conjure up the expected storms? Three “disturbances” (aka tropical wads) are in the Atlantic per the NOAA National Hurricane Center. One in the North Atlantic has become a “tropical depression” and the other two have been estimated to have 60% chance of “cyclone formation” in the next 48 hours. In the meantime life continues on, come what may.
P.S. Does “tropical depression in the North Atlantic” seem like an oxymoron?