Fully agree with the continued western trend at a similar speed. If there was ever high pressure, it's here now. Yesterday was cloudy (under the influence of that wave all day) and got to about 82-85. Today is nothing but blue skies and hot sun - 91 or 92 I'm sure.
We'll have to see what happens overnight, but if you're in south Texas, remember the rule of storms intensifying when hitting that coast perpendicularly. Could be a major league player.
Also, Erika officially ends the 60 year trend of 2 (*edit* - all years but 1 which had 3) or less storms after years with 6 or more storms in the Gulf. This is another oddity in a season full of 'em. My forecast said there would be at least 5 named storms in the GOM, and I expect to hit it.
As for down the road, I doubt we'll have to look as far east as Africa. We've got sustained convection pulling slightly north off the coast of Central America and a wave just making its way into the Islands which doesn't look like much - but these are the ones that blow up after they reach 70. It's still pretty far south and could end up being EPAC action. But with Bastardi saying watch due South of the tip (head?) of Florida this weekend as an area to expect development, and with two systems more or less offering some heat energy for that area. And it all pisses me off because I'm trying to get insurance on a house I'm supposed to close on next week. As anyone in Louisiana can tell you, if there's a named storm in the Gulf (headed this way or not), underwriters won't issue policies. Bah. For once, I'd like to see some quiet (if only for a week).
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