An uncharacteristically quiet day for peak storm season

General overview 2200z 19th August 2013

Considering my triumphant e-mail of 13th August which included ‘battle pennants', ‘flank speed' and a ‘fresh burst of energy in the 2013 season', this quiet day comes as something of an embarrassed surprise. On this day last year, HELENE was bringing torrential rain to the coast of south-eastern Mexico and southern Texas, GORDON was causing a foul night in the Azores and ISACC was a twinkle in the eye of a new disturbance in the eastern Atlantic.

On this peak season day in 2013, the past 24 hours has seen disturbance thirty three sneaking ashore in northern Mexico with little more than a damp whimper and ERIN dissipating in mid-Atlantic ignominy. All that remains are disturbance thirty five, now in the eastern Caribbean and battered into submission by upper level shear, and disturbance thirty six, just a day west of the Cape Verde Islands surrounded by dry and infertile blue skies. Neither are likely to develop.

There are two very large low pressure cells gathering over West Africa, and whilst at least one of them has the modellers' sap rising, these are an ocean away and in the meantime, I sign off rather sheepishly with 'stand easy'.