09:44 AM EDT - 17 July 2000
Well, if you count the bit in the west Caribbean, we've got one thing to look at. It has no chance of developing, of course, being so close to land and all. Yesterday there was a semi-interesting area in the Central Atlantic, but since then it has died out.
The rest of the Atlantic continues to be inactive. Sinking air in most of the Atlantic will continue to prevent any Cape Verde storms from forming. I see no indications of this situation changing before the end of July.
What could possibly break this prediction? Something odd forming in the West Caribbean or Gulf. That won't happen this week, though. Next week, if at all in July. The Atlantic has a few signs of wanting to get over this "hump" in inactivity, but nothing that suggests development. Which is all just as well. Pining for storms to track is not what I consider a good attitude about hurricanes in general. This is the fifth year we've been doing this web site, and over time you start to pick up on things with the early season. (Pre Mid-August). Every year, though, we get some surprises. This year will be no different. And after this statement, barring no surprises, I predict no named storms in July.
What do you think?