The Boomerang Hurricane Jose

As people in Florida, the Caribbean and the South cope with the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, another hurricane is spinning in the Atlantic, and forecasters aren't certain if it will impact the U.S. Jose is expected to continue this general motion and speed over the next 24 hours. There is generally not a dominant weather feature that is steering the storm, so model forecasts can vary widely between each other and from run to run. "The official forecast keeps it out over the Atlantic as a hurricane over the next five days".

Calling it an "odd forecast track", the National Hurricane Center said that Jose should make a small clockwise loop over the open waters of the Atlantic for the next three days.

Current long-term forecast models for Jose are all over the map next week. It was one of four hurricanes to hit the Sunshine State that year.

The big question is: Is Jose something for the United States to worry about?

Caicos before Irma
Caicos before Irma

The latest European model shows Jose circling around the west Atlantic for much of the upcoming week.

Despite local panic, it spared Barbuda, St. Martin and Anguilla, all of which had been ravaged by Hurricane Irma.

"On the forecast track, the centre of Jose will remain well to the east-northeast of the Bahamas through Wednesday", the NHC said. There is some additional weakening possible in the coming days, and Jose could become to a tropical storm on Tuesday. The loop back toward the coast comes after Jose is expected to travel southwest - essentially backwards - and then move closer to shore. The upside is hurricane season slows down from here until the end of November, so everyone along the coasts should be able to breathe easy again in a few short months.


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