It is not just Hurricane Gordon roaming the Atlantic; a new tropical depression may take shape in the near future.
Hurricane Gordon, the strongest tropical system so far in the Atlantic Basin this year, is slamming the Azores with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain this morning.
As we continue to trek toward the all important peak of hurricane season which occurs on Sept. 10, the basin appears to be showing signs of remaining active at least for the next week or two.
A new tropical wave which came off Africa last Thursday continues to track through the central Atlantic in between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.
The wave has become better organized through the weekend, a trend the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects will continue with a new tropical depression taking shape in the next 24 hours or so.
If additional strengthening follows, the wave would acquire the name Tropical Storm Isaac.
The next question becomes, where would this feature go should it develop?
Most of the forecast models at this point take this feature westward to the Lesser Antilles through midweek. Whether or not it then takes a turn toward the Bahamas or continues through the Caribbean to Central America or the Gulf of Mexico remains to be seen.
The bottom line is that the tropics are active and our meteorologists expect them to remain quite active at least through the end of the month.
A cluster of showers and thunderstorms over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico further proves that point.
It is not out of the question that this cluster eventually organizes into a tropical depression in the upcoming days, in a fashion similar to how Tropical Storm Helene took shape.
Regardless of development, heavy rain accompanying this feature threatens to trigger flooding along the eastern coastline of mainland Mexico.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into the weekend.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeastern China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest over the course of four days, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
A dramatic change to colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will take place into this weekend.
Orionid meteors will streak across the night sky as the shower is set to peak late this week.
State College, PA (1995)
3.65" of rain.
Raleigh-Durham, NC (2000)
No precipitation since September 26th, a record long dry spell. (The month ended with only a trace of rain.)
San Salvador Island (1492)
Columbus made landfall on San Salvador Island under clear skies -- fortunately he met no hurricanes on First Voyage through March, 1493.