The dramatic effects of hurricane Dorian are ones for the record books with the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record for the Bahamas causing death and destruction. For an amazing story of survival, you can see a video here of a friend of mine fighting cancer who lived through Dorian.
Strong hurricanes this time of the year are nothing new and one can certainly go as far back as the late 1800's and early 1900's to find storms of category 5 in nature, which claimed many lives. However, the 'bottom line is", that our oceans are getting warmer and the intensity and frequency of such powerful storms (in my opinion) is due, at least in part by global warming. Argue if you want, but fires around the world and more intense hurricanes are not due to solar cycles, or mere coincidence.
Another hurricane may approach the Gulf coast, Florida or east coast by September 21-23rd, on top of more heavy rains and a weak tropical system this weekend in Florida. Energy and OJ traders will be watching this closely.
The big commodity movers of late on weather has been the coffee market (NYSEARCA:JO). In my last post a week ago, I mentioned that I thought JO could rally sometime this fall, in what I believe could be a developing drought. After back to back years of huge global crops, a weaker Brazil Real and prices the cheapest in years, coffee is up about 10% off the lows this week. While there have been excuses by some that natural gas (UNG) has rallied on hot weather, I think most of this move up is due to 1) A record short position a week or two ago; 2) The hurricane season picking up; 3) A weakening El Nino could portend a cold winter; 4) Given the stocks situation of natural gas, prices below $2.30 this time of the year have been too low, relative to history.
Anyway, back to the warming climate. This is the third year in a row that Australia is seeing drought. The main reasons are climate change, a positive Indian Dipole (cool ocean over Indonesia) and the lingering effects of a weak El Nino in the western Pacific by warm waters around Australia. However, there is something new. It has to do with stratospheric warming.
In summary, dryness in Brazil will be closely watched by coffee traders in the weeks and months ahead. I believe staying long coffee will be a smart play into October. There are several teleconnections around the globe with respect to ocean temperatures, I watch, that will play a critical role for soybeans (SOYB), coffee, wheat (WEAT), orange juice and other commodities.
Soil moisture is beginning to fall for Brazil coffee due to a strong ridge, advised to clients in the past week or so--Jim
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