Two interesting items
Here is a synopsis concerning two very interesting tidbits of information that are on the weather desk right now.
WILL A STORM GET NAMED NEXT WEEK?
Cold air aloft is making the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas unstable. Sea-surface temperatures over that area are in the upper 70s, which is only slightly below the 80 degree threshold needed for tropical cyclone formation. Phase diagrams from Florida State University indicate this scenario would only support a subtropical storm; however, if it is named, then it would become the first named tropical/subtropical cyclone during the month of March. An impact on Bermuda is not out of the question by the middle of next week. We'll see what happens!
THE SLEEPING SUN
According to satellite data the Sun is becoming less active. In fact, no sunspots have been observed in well over half the days of the month. Researchers have pointed to several relationships between solar activity and global weather and climate. Among these correlations are winters that produce more snow, potential for stronger hurricanes, and an increased tendency for the jet stream to have larger amplitude, or deeper troughs and steeper ridges, which can promote more episodes of extreme weather.