Now that I am a flood survivor, I’ve become much more active in searching weather information and researching how hurricanes form. An interesting fact that I recently learned from a documentary on hurricanes is that they form when cooler air in the upper atmosphere meets with the moist air rising from the warm waters of the ocean. That explains why hurricane season becomes more active as summer wanes and autumn approaches.
We Houstonians, as well as most of the rest of the country, have had an extremely hot summer in 2019. I have not looked up the statistics, but the searing 3-digit temperatures have been around for weeks now. So this got me wondering about how the ocean temperature has been affected by this summer’s heat and I looked it up on Google. The answer was rather eye-opening.
The water temperature recorded in the Gulf of Mexico near Houston was 88 degrees! This is two degrees higher than any recorded temperature on this day within the last ten years.
Perhaps this warming of the oceans has something to do with NOAA’s recent upgrade in the likeliness of hurricane activity this fall. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecasters cite the ending of El Nino as a reason for potentially above-normal hurricane activity during the remainder of this year’s hurricane season.
To get up-to-date information about hurricanes from our government’s official weather agency, go to: nhc.noaa.gov. You can also download the NOAA app on your phone to get notifications about tropical activity and other severe weather alerts.
Staying alert regarding the weather this time of year will give you more time to prepare for potential storms and assess your flood prevention methods for your home and property. It has been a quiet summer around here weather-wise, but that could change any time now!