There is no threat to the U.S.!

Notice the small white circular clouds in the center of the large Atlantic low pressure. That low appears to been originally frontal, at the intersection of a warm and cold front. The usual progression of frontal lows is for the warm and cold fronts to occlude, leaving a cold-core center in its final stage. A half-century ago, I remember reading of cyclone in the Gulf of Alaska being discovered with a warm-core, which was unheard of in those days.

The formation of Tropical Storm CHRIS appears to have occurred in a similar warm-core fashion, although the cold air spiralling into this system bares little resemblance to the Alaskan low that I referred to. Tropical Storm CHRIS will be short-lived because of its northern latitude. Winds are not expected to increase much higher than 50 mph, and within 24 hours the storm will begin transformation into a post-tropical storm. By the weekend, it will head northward, as it is caught in the circulation of a cold low pressure over Canada.



  1. 1 Carey June 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Chris will not amount to much. Any clues as to what is next??

    • 2 geotv4 June 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      No Carey. This is the season that a tropical storm may begin to form anytime where conditions become favorable. It is also the season for tropical showers and thunderstorms. Please excuse me, but I don’t speculate where or when the next storm will form before the National Hurricane Center gives an indication one is forming. Anything more than that leads to “crying wolf”.

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