Pat Shingleton:"Line Storms..."
During the middle of the eighteenth century, seafarers believed a major storm would occur around the close of the Summer Solstice and the beginning of the Autumnal Equinox. Mariners and sailors would refer to these systems in September and October as a "line storm." They believed that when the sun crossed the equator, its rays would also move in a line across the equator. The position of the Sun and its rays caused thermal contrasts. The cool air from the north would collide with super-warm southerly air and activate more tropical storm activity. This interaction resulted in contrasting air masses that produce drastic fronts and winter-type storms in temperate regions. Recently and by average, we passed the peak period for storm activity within this designated 60-day interval. With 70 days remaining for Hurricane Season, 2016, Storm activity for September originates in the Atlantic, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. October's storm origins are more likely in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Central Atlantic.