Will Jose and Maria dance next week?


This tropical season has been a busy one, and may have some additional drama next week. While Jose moves close to New England (delivering gusty winds and high surf), Maria is poised to make a potentially devastating impact on the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico) by Wednesday.

Once Maria emerges from the Caribbean is where things could potentially get interesting. Where Jose goes will ultimately determine Maria's path. If Jose skirts out farther east than shown below, that leaves an open door for Maria to directly impact the southeastern US by early-to-mid next week.

However, is Jose stays just a little bit closer to the US mainland, the two storms could tango in what is called the 'Fujiwhara Effect.' Sakuhei Fujiwhara, a Japanese meteorologist, found in 1921 that when two systems like this are in close proximity each other - they interact. They interact in such a way that they spin/orbit around a common point between the two individual bodies.

This would ultimately send Maria packing, away from the US mainland.

Will this definitely happen? We aren't quite sure. Any potential impact to the US mainland would be 7-10 days away, so there's plenty of time to figure things out.

We'll keep you posted on whether or not Jose will steer Maria closer to the southeastern US next week, or whether the two dance and move on.

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