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.
The tropics may become active this weekend and into early next week.
The Northwest is dealing with yet another record-challenging heat wave to close out July. While relief will come next week, this heat wave will not be the last of the summer.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
Heat and humidity remained in control over the much of the country during the last week of July.
The air felt like an exceptional 163 F in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, on Friday and similar or worse conditions will follow.
A blue moon, which occurs only once every few years, is set to grace skies Friday night.
Mansfield, OH (1992)
13.23" of rain in July -- wettest month on record.
Moline, IL (1992)
11.40" of rain -- wettest July on record.
La Crosse, WI (1992)
August temperature only 68.0 degrees for month; coolest since July 1891.