Hurricane Dean, still a category four storm, is just south of Jamaica this evening. The satellite picture below was taken about 6:15 PM on Sunday, and shows the eye just below the island.
The storm is expected to intensify to category five as it heads almost due west, and will next travel over Yucatan sometime on Tuesday. The following day, it lands on the coast of Mexico, and will still be a tropical storm a day later as it will be inland.
Dean might be one of the most powerful storms measured since storm naming begun. Th tropical season is in full swing now, and it’s quite possible that a future storm Felix is brewing out in the Atlantic, and we might be paying attention to it by next weekend.
Meanwhile, something needs to be done to break the heat and drought in the southeast. Atlanta has already broken the record for number of 100 degree or more temperatures in a summer, and we could have more days with highs past the century mark this week. While the remnants of Erin earlier this week are bringing welcome rain to much of the nation, Georgia is staying stubbornly dry. Based on the current long range outlook, it could stay warm and dry until the end of the month.