Arlene, We Hardly Knew Ye - updated 12:00pm EDT
Tropical Storm Arlene has left without even saying good-bye. Now all eyes turn to the Caribbean where another area of thunderstorms is currently brewing. However, upper level winds in this region are not favorable for development. However, surface pressures in this area are unusually low and the next couple of days could show a different picture as the disturbance drifts over the same area that bore Arlene.
THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT AREAS OF DISTURBED WEATHER IN THE TROPICS
Elsewhere, the east Pacific and rest of the Atlantic look quiet.
Flooding and up to half a foot of rain is expected to fall in the Mississippi River Valley in the next day or so.
Interestingly, last years first named storm 'Alex' didn't form until August. Of course, we all remember another late 'A' storm -- Andrew. He didn't hit until late August 1992. This looks to be a busy season...
UPDATE: 11:50 pm EDT - NOAA surface buoyees in the Caribbeans have been reporting continuously falling surface pressures throughout the day. I am looking for Brett around here somewhere...