Lorenzo formed yesterday giving us the 12th named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season. It is looking like the system won’t last long as wind shear will increase later today and likely pull it apart.
While the U.S. has been somewhat spared from major catastrophes this year, many other parts of the world have been less fortunate;
*Japan was hit by Category 4 typhoon Wipha, which left at least 18 dead and 44 missing
*Typhoon Nari blasted the Philippines displacing over 40,000 people
*Cyclone Phailin blew up the east coast of India prompting 800,000 evacuations
*Mexico was hit simultaneously from the Pacific side by TS Manuel and from the Atlantic by TD Ingrid prompting massive flooding and over 40 deaths
So what gives in the Atlantic? Well, a recent article from the Huffington Post explains “… three main features loom large for the inactivity: large areas of sinking air, frequent plumes of dry, dusty air coming off the Sahara Desert, and above-average wind shear…” Check out the article here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/2013-atlantic-hurricane-season-_n_4110279.html to read more about these elements and their effect on the 2013 season.
This Thursday will mark 8 years since the U.S. had a land falling hurricane of Category 3 or greater.