Tropical Storm Jova Forms from Hurricane Franklin's Remnants! (Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center)
Tropical Storm Jova (pronounced Ho-va) has formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean from what used to be Hurricane Franklin. Hurricane Franklin made landfall as a category 1 hurricane on the eastern coast of Mexico on the night of August 10, 2017. Soon after landfall, Franklin weakened to a remnant low due to the mountainous terrain of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center issued a forecast discussion before Franklin made landfall to state that once the remnants made it to the warm waters of the Pacific, it could reform (read the story here). The National Hurricane Center then issued a 90% chance that a new system could form from the low that used to be Hurricane Franklin. On August 11, 2017, Tropical Storm Jova was born. Currently, Jova is located south of the Baja Peninsula which could send high swells and rip currents to the coast. Even though the sea-surface temperatures are warm, Jova is experiencing high shear as noted by the thunderstorm activity being displaced to the southwest from the center. As the system moves westward, it will enter cooler sea-surface temperatures and gradually weaken. Jova is not expected to strengthen and is forecasted to be short-lived. Tropical Storm Jova will also not pose a threat to land, however, it may have indirect impacts such as high swells and rip currents.
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ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell