Tropical Activity Heating Up

By , Senior Meteorologist
July 08, 2012; 4:25 AM
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This satellite image of Daniel, courtesy of NOAA, was captured early Saturday morning.

The tropics are definitely alive in the eastern Pacific with Hurricane Daniel and Tropical Storm Emilia spinning and the formation of another tropical storm on the horizon.

Daniel, whose statistics can be found at the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center, is currently a major Category 3 hurricane.

The hurricane is churning over water more than sufficiently warm enough to promote strengthening and in an environment with weakening wind shear (disruptive winds typically known to rip apart tropical systems).

Regardless of its exact strength, Daniel is not a threat to Mexico or Central America. Daniel will continue on a westward track, posing dangers to only shipping interests.

While Daniel continues to spin as hurricane, it will not maintain that status for long. Daniel will begin weakening by Monday as it reaches cooler water, losing tropical storm status in the upcoming few days.

The total demise of Daniel, however, may not come until after its remains enhance shower activity across Hawaii around Thursday or Friday.

As Daniel fizzles this week, the lull in tropical activity holding firm across the Atlantic will not resume in the eastern Pacific.

The opposite will in fact happen as AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards stated last week.

A broad area of low pressure spinning several hundred miles south of the Gulf of Tehuantepac has organized into Tropical Storm Emilia.

Current indications point toward another depression or tropical storm taking shape in the same area during the middle of the week.

The next tropical storm in the eastern Pacific would acquire the name "Fabio."

The good news is that Emilia and any additional tropical storm in the eastern Pacific this week will follow in the footsteps of Daniel, tracking westward away from communities across Mexico and Central America.

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