It has grown very quiet in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico during July. The tropical season of 2012 got off to a fast start with 4 named storms by the end of June and there was talk of another busy season. Now a lot of folks are wondering if and when the season kicks off again.
It is not uncommon for the tropics to be quiet in July. In fact, there have been numerous years where June would be active then a lull in activity. It has certainly been the case this year. I doubt if many of us would be unhappy if we didn't see any storms near our coast this year. Many folks have told me that Hurricane Irene, which hit the North Carolina coast last August, was enough for a lifetime. I'm sure there will be some storms to form in August and September. It is too early to speculate what, if any, impact the storms would have on our area.
Thus far we've had a nice growing season for the farmers and gardeners. There are many lush lawns from the periodic showers we've seen over the past couple of months. The overall weather pattern suggests a continuation of near to slightly above normal temperatures and intermittent showers for the next few weeks. It would bode well for a nice harvest across our farmlands. Of course, we'll need to keep those hurricanes away so we can get that harvest.