We have officially begun the 2018 hurricane season with Alberto which will effect our weather mid week. The feature image is the predicted track of Alberto. This will give us a wet and humid airmass though it is still to early to predict how much rain we will get.
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
Hurricane lists are used in rotation and re-cycled every six years, i.e., the 2018 list will be used again in 2024. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the WMO committee (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. Several names have been retired since the lists were created. Here is more information the history of naming tropical cyclones and retired names.
If a storm forms in the off-season, it will take the next name in the list based on the current calendar date. For example, if a tropical cyclone formed on December 28th, it would take the name from the previous season’s list of names. If a storm formed in February, it would be named from the subsequent season’s list of names.
In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet.
East Pacific Names
We hit 92° once again here in Otsego yesterday. I use two digital thermometers to verify this, both in the shade. We are in a valley surrounded by woods where the air is trapped. I will be using the grill today – it is a big one and I use charcoal so the humisery index will be horrible cooking for 15 people. I will probably have the air police down here as we have another Air Quality Alert for today for Mason…Oceana…Muskegon…Ottawa…Kent…Allegan and Van Buren counties.
An area of high pressure will remain over the region into Monday. This feature will act to keep the weather dry for most places. Temperatures will end up very warm for this time of the year as the weather pattern will remain nearly stationary into Tuesday. We will keep daytime highs into the low 90s right through this period. Like yesterday the rain and storms will likely remain over the north eastern quadrant if the state.
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