Atlantic Hurricane Season is Just Getting Warmed up

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, August 4, 2018
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There have only been three named storms so far this season in the Atlantic.

That is not to say this season won't be active, in fact, typically hurricane activity increases in the latter half of August.

There are several reasons for this:
  • Since water warms the slowest, water temperatures are warmest in early Fall.
  • Wind shear tends to decrease.
  • More moisture typically comes off Africa.
Last year memorable hurricanes such as Harvey and Irma developed in late August.

Presently there is a non-tropical low pressure system located several hundred kilometers southwest of the Azores that is producing gale-force wind gusts northeast of its center.  Although associated shower activity is currently limited, the low could gradually acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics over the next few days.



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