Tropics Relatively Quiet

No Named Storms ATM

It's not too late for a tropical storm to hit Massachusetts again. We're a threat to get hit as late as Halloween, so you should keep informed... which is what we're here for.

Like we said, we're still within the risk area, calendar-wise. The Great New England Hurricane struck Long Island around this very date in 1938. That came ashore at Category 3, with winds up to 125 mph. The observatory in Blue Hills recorded a 186 mph wind gust. It was the worst storm of any sort to hit New England since Whitey came over in the wood boats.

The Perfect Storm/No Name Storm/Halloween Gale of 1991 started hitting us on October 30th, and big waves were still whipping the coast as November dawned. While that wasn't technically a tropical storm, her interaction with Hurricane Grace was essential to the wrecking-Massachusetts process.

So, we've established that you should keep an eye on the tropics. So, what does your eye see?

Maria is England's problem now, and nicole or whatever her name was must have came and went while i was immersed in football. A potential tropical system that was trying to form off the Carolinas never came to fruition, and is now tooting across the sea as well.

We have 2 storms that merit watching. One is in the Central Atlantc, about halfway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. Some models say that a Depression could form from it in the next few days, and that it could strike the NE Caribbean as a tropical storm later this week. After that, we can only guess where she heads. If she earns a name, it will be Ophelia. The weather-type people give her a 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation in the next 48 hours.

Another storm is coming off western Africa, and it is also forecast to become a depression in a few days. Many models have this storm curving to the north and remaining over open ocean. Again, we'll have to wait and see what the girl decides to do.

We good people of Cape Cod are a nautical folk, and are sort of obliged to be able to discuss such ocean storm-type things when asked. As always, we like to remind you that there is nothing to worry about at the moment, and that we'll keep an eye on things for you. You just remember to keep an eye on us, and you'll be a-ight! welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on