Today may be the last full day of summer, but the tropics typically remain active during this time, as the tropical waters are still quite warm. Hurricane Igor is quickly losing all of its tropical characteristics as it speeds off to the northeast over much cooler waters. It's currently moving to the northeast at nearly 50 miles per hour! This will bring wind and waves to the far northern Atlantic Ocean over the next day or two before dissipating completely by the weekend.
Tropical Storm Lisa formed early this morning in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Verde Islands, a few hundred miles off the coast of Africa. Most of the computer models agree that this system will likely never have an impact on land as it takes a general track to the northwest. It will gradually move into a more unfavorable environment for development and should remain what I call a “fish storm” – a storm that only affects the open waters of the ocean.
While Lisa may not really pose any risk to land, a tropical disturbance is entering the eastern Caribbean Sea and a lot of the latest information suggests that this could be the next area to watch. If this does develop into a tropical storm, the next name on the list is Matthew.
It should also be noted that we've already had several more named storms this year than in 2009. In 2009, the last named storm was Ida and we've already eclipsed this by three named storms this year, with several weeks left in hurricane season.