The weather, currently.
On the whole, the Atlantic hurricane basin is pretty quiet as we move into the later stages of hurricane season. We are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Karl in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
Over the next couple of days, Karl is expected to track southward into the Bay of Campeche and make landfall somewhere in the southern and eastern portions of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Winds are not a major concern as this storm is expected to remain at Tropical Storm strength. Tropical Storm Watches are in effect from Tuxpan to Frontera, Mexico, which means tropical storm conditions are possible – but not guaranteed – within the next 48 hours. At this time, it looks like landfall will occur overnight on Saturday.
The main threat with Karl will be heavy rainfall. The official forecast calls for general rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches with localized totals of up to 12 inches possible across the states of Tabasco and Veracruz. Heavy rain of 2 to 4 inches, and locally up to 6 inches will be possible farther south in the state of Chiapas. This could lead to flooding and landslides in the mountains.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic, the feature of note is dust from the Saharan desert.
If you focus on the map provided above, you can see the large plume of Saharan dust (denoted by the blues, greens, yellows, and oranges) stretch from the west coast of Africa all the way eastward into the Caribbean. This dust helps to suppress moisture in the atmosphere, which limits the amount of water vapor there is in the atmosphere and suppresses storm development. As a result, aside from Tropical Storm Karl, there are no areas of concerned highlighted by the National Hurricane Center at this time.
This does not mean hurricane season is over by any means. We will still have to keep an eye on the tropics for the potential of development, but at least for now, we expect things will be quiet for the next few days.
What you need to know, currently.
Anna Abraham has a story up today on state-sanctioned water scarcity in Palestine.
"The heatwave that hit Israel and Palestine this summer brought extreme temperatures to the region, raising temperatures by 5°C (41°F) above the seasonal average. In the Jordan Valley, the eastern portion of the West Bank region of Palestine, temperatures soared as high as 45 degrees C (113°F).
However, despite these extreme changes, Israelis, in both the Zionist State and the Settlements, did not face any water shortages, while Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, as usual, did."
What you can do, currently.