The Impatient Hurricane Season

Hurricane: A View from Outer Space

Share: 

Rate this Post: 

Average: 2.3 (6 votes)

The Atlantic Hurricane Season has been very impatient. Even before the season officially began, Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie crashed the party.

Such an early start to the hurricane season is incredibly rare. In recent years, there have been warmer-than-usual waters in the Atlantic, allowing a tropical storm to start early; however, it is very rare for there to be two storms before June 1. 

Since hurricane records began in 1495 (when an unnamed storm upset one of the voyages of Christopher Columbus), there have only been four prior years with two early tropical storms (1887, 1908, 1951 and 2012). 

bonnie_may_28_2016_2037z_half_width.png

Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie crashed the Atlantic hurricane party early. Source: NASA

Notice 2012 when the Atlantic was so hot that spring arrived 6 weeks early—so did a hurricane season that ended with Hurricane Sandy. Even though the storm was no longer a tropical storm, its remnants were so powerful that it wrecked $71.4 dollars on the US coast—with much of the damage in New Jersey and New York.

The last year the Atlantic was so hot was 2012, when the high temperatures added to the strength of Hurricane Sandy. Source: NOAA and Proud Novice as shown in Wikipedia

As wth 2012, the Atlantic is much warmer than normal this year; heat energy is what fuels tropical storms. (One estimate is that wind strength usually increases 15% for every extra degree of heat.) Hot water and favorable winds create tropical storms and La Niñas provide favorable tropical winds in the Atlantic. Most experts are expecting 14 or more storms, more than the normal number of 12 storms. Given the fact that there already have been 2 storms—yeah—it looks like we will have more storms than normal. More importantly, the hot water tends to make even non-tropical storms bigger and wetter; plus, after a hurricane dies down it’s remnants can do a lot of flooding and damage.

The Atlantic is unusually warm, 1.0° – 4.5°C (1.8° ‒ 8.1°F) hotter than normal – good for hurricane development. Source: NOAA

So, for the record, check the storm shutters and flashlight batteries. Hurricane season will be lively and coastal communities should always take precautions. Until then, enjoy your beach holidays. 

About This Blog

Are you a weather watcher? Welcome to "Weather Whispers" by James Garriss and until recently, Evelyn Browning Garriss. With expertise and humor, this column covers everything weather--from weather forecasts to WHY extreme weather happens to ways that weather affects your life from farming to your grocery bill. Enjoy weather facts, folklore, and fun!

With heavy hearts, we share the news that historical climatologist and immensely entertaining Almanac contributor Evelyn Browning Garriss passed away in late June 2017. Evelyn shared her lifetime of weather knowledge with Almanac editors and readers, explaining weather phenomena in conversation and expounding on topics in articles for the print edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac as well as in these blog posts. We were honored to know and work with her as her time allowed, which is to say when she was not giving lectures to, writing articles for, and consulting with scientists, academia, investors, and government agencies around the world. She will be greatly missed by the Almanac staff and readers.

Leave a Comment

Keep Your New Garden Growing

keepgardengrowingcover.jpgTop 10 Veggies.
Almanac Editors Tips- water, feed, pest control, harvest
 

 

You will also be subscribed to our Almanac Companion Newsletter

solar_array.jpg

Solar Energy Production Today

473.50 kWh

Live data from the solar array at The Old Farmer's Almanac offices in Dublin, NH.