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.
Although spring may be in full swing, more than one-third of the Great Lakes remains covered in ice.
Rain will return to Atlanta Friday and Saturday as a storm system moves through to the Southeast.
To wrap up the workweek, more clouds will move into Cleveland Friday along with lower temperatures.
A low pressure system is set to deliver heavy rain to parts of the Southeast Friday and Saturday, bringing the risk of flooding to the area.
A recap on a small, but potent April snowstorm that hit Minnesota and Wisconsin this week.
Following some rain showers this Saturday, drier weather is in store for Boston by Monday to kick off the 118th annual Boston Marathon.
South Dakota (1995)
Spring snows continued. 6-12" and locally 2 feet fell between Mobridge and Aberdeen. A stretch of I-90 had to be closed.
Tornadoes in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. More than 24 funnels; over 100 killed. Sixty-five dead and $1 million damage in Marshfield, MO.
San Francisco, CA (1906)
Earthquake and fire. Infrequent easterly wind drove flames westward through the city rather than confining them to the downtown harbor area.