Unlike the Atlantic basin, the western Pacific Ocean is rather busy in terms of tropical activity.
In particular, the western Pacific may be very active the next two weeks. The first system in line to affect the region is Tropical Storm Jebi, which is currently in the South China Sea, west of the Philippines, and is moving westward.
Jebi may impact land first over Hainan Island in southeastern China then continue westward and impact northern Vietnam beginning late Saturday morning, local time.
With warm waters and somewhat favorable atmospheric conditions, Jebi is likely to slowly strengthen before it affects land. However, it is looking less likely that it will strengthen into a minimal typhoon as it is running out of time.
Strong winds and heavy rain will likely cause damage to buildings and topple trees while flooding and mudslides threaten lives. There is the potential for 4-8 inches of rain from Hainan Island into northern Vietnam with local amounts over a foot.
A second tropical disturbance may develop east of the southern Philippines as early as Saturday.
Additionally, a third system may form south of Guam next week.
Following a bout of stormy weather that has lingered through the week, drier and more tranquil weather will move into the Atlanta area for the weekend.
Chicago is facing a mostly clear weekend with the threat of some disruptive thunderstorms on Saturday.
The peak of hurricane season, among other things, arrives in the fall.
After former Hurricane Odile battered resorts across Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, vacationers were left stranded and isolated while waiting for evacuations with sparse communication to loved ones back home.
A search for a sheriff's deputy in Austin, Texas, will continue Friday, after she called for help as she was trapped in flood waters.
Odile and other weather systems will bring both dangerous flooding and drought-busting rain in parts of Texas and the southern Plains.
Honolulu, HI (1994)
95 degrees - all time record high.
Tennant, CA ()
5.5 inches of snow.
New Orleans, LA (1947)
Hurricane eye over New Orleans; barometer reading of 28.61 inches; 51 lost, $110 million.