Do you see that big orange/reddish area? It's called an "eddy." It's an area of water that is prone to be very warm. Usually they're small (50 miles in diameter). Sometimes they can get medium sized (over 100 miles). This one shatters all previous records. Basically, if a tropical storm or category 1 hurricane were to move over this warm area of water, it would be like Popeye eating genetically engineered spinach. The storm would fucking explode with strength. If you live on the Gulf Coast, have everything you need to evacuate, because if something comes your way it isn't going to be small, it isn't going to be weak and it isn't going to be very nice. This hurricane season has been extremely slow in the Atlantic for two reasons: Anything and everything coming off of Africa has been sheared apart by upper level winds, shearing the tops off of clouds There is a ton of dry air in the Atlantic Ocean Dry air + hurricane = fizzle The problem with this is that a hurricane exists soley as the Atlantic Ocean's exhaust pipe. It build up energy from heat in the Summer and is supposed to release that energy through a hurricane. It hasn't had that chance to, yet, which means whenever the air in the Atlantic stops being so dry and the upper level winds aren't so terrible, we're going to get one monster hurricane. This hurricane season reminds me PERFECTLY of 1992. There was a sub-tropical storm in 1992 before we started naming them in the same area there was a tropical depression earlier this year during the same month. We have not since even had another tropical depression. Areas like South Florida on the East Coast and the West Coast are under the gun. In fact, I would say that the potential for another Andrew-like storm to come barreling across South Florida is very high. But if something develops in the GoM, it ain't gonna be pretty and it ain't gonna take too kindly to your house being in the way of its path. This is the year we ALL need to keep an eye on the tropics... years like this almost always get a big storm that does a lot of damage. It only takes one.