Look south

"Eye of the Storm'' (digital painting), by Gloria King Merritt, in the group show "The New England Collective VIII, through Aug. 27, at Galatea Fine Art, Boston.

"Eye of the Storm'' (digital painting), by Gloria King Merritt, in the group show "The New England Collective VIII, through Aug. 27, at Galatea Fine Art, Boston.

"One must now turn a weather eye in another direction, keeping watch to the south, where tropical storm activity accelerates markedly after July 15. A storm track leading from the tropics along the Eastern Seaboard off Cape Hatteras and past Cape Cod poses an increasing threat to New England, though dangerous hurricanes usually postpone their visits northward until the last week in August or later.''

-- From the "August'' chapter of The Country Journal New England Weather Book, by David Ludlum.