Down in Beaufort, the newspaper would print a hurricane chart — a map of the Atlantic for readers to mark up with the comings and goings of the hurricane season. I’m not that sad sap who marks up the map. No, I’m worse. I’m the sad sap who watches the National Hurricane Center’s website like a hawk (at least twice a day), monitoring the progress and puttering of various storms from June to November each year.

I’d put my journalistic excitement for tropical storms somewhere between a Buffalo weatherman and Anderson (tie me to something on the roof during a storm) Cooper.

Here is the latest on the season and the first real sign in weeks that we may have a storm on our hands.

AN AREA OF CLOUDINESS AND SHOWERS LOCATED ABOUT 950 MILES EAST OF THE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS IS ASSOCIATED WITH A WESTWARD-MOVING TROPICAL WAVE. THIS AREA SHOWS SIGNS OF ORGANIZATION … AND SOME SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

UPDATE: Chantal got snagged by a storm heading out to sea. The storm noted above, still increasing strength, could soon be Dean.