Philippe has ‘been a large number.’ Right here’s why the tropical storm’s path was so erratic.  

When Tropical Storm Philippe first confirmed up, it appeared like it might be a well-behaved system and politely arc north, away from the Caribbean, with out a lot fuss. The climate gods had different issues in thoughts, nonetheless.

Philippe juked, serpentined, stalled, threatened to do-si-doed with Tropical Storm Rina, aimed itself at Puerto Rico, and drove forecasters loopy. Any accountable bartender would have minimize Philippe off.

The storm lastly hung a tough proper as if it was off to Iceland. Then it modified course once more and began bee-lining to Maine. “It’s been a large number,” mentioned meteorologist and hurricane preparedness skilled Craig Setzer of Philippe’s mercurial wanderings.