As the fall months arrive, our attention turns south. The tropical waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico are at their warmest in early September, and this means the ability to prime the atmosphere with moisture and warmth is at its highest. One outcome from this rich environment is the hurricane, and we'll take a look at such an example. Even before we begin, can you spot it on the puzzle map?
TIM VASQUEZ is a former Air Force forecaster and author of Digital Atmosphere, a weather forecasting software program. He lives near Norman, Oklahoma, where he keeps busy as a weather consultant and software developer.