TS ERIKA ... 1ST SEPTEMBER 2009 ... 2245 BST
At long last ... it's official ... drum rolls, unbearable tension, climactic anticipation ... it's Tropical Storm Erika !!!
I am very annoyed with Erika ... she is the definitive example of an unpredictable Tropical Storm and I hope all can pay heed to this.
Erika was barrelling towards the Caribbean and came within 500 miles of the Windwards and stopped as if she were being restrained by a leash ... switched directly north and is now engaging less pleasant circumstances in which to develop.
It could have been different and this emphasises the danger and unpredictabilty of these developing waves as they approach the Caribbean.
Anyway ... it's September and this is supposedly the height of any Hurricane season (I thought it was October!) ... if so then it is appropriate to see another 4 strong Tropical Waves over Africa of which one has already entered the Atlantic Ocean with recognition from the NHC about potential development.
It's back to sleep management for me for a while ... sorry if I sound a bit anal