Some people are thrown off by dramatic October baseball this time of year, and others are thrown off by hurricanes developing and en route to their location. Now today’s blog may seem a little farfetched and different from your neck of the woods, but I feel due to my current location while writing this blog portion, I must talk about the possible weather that can occur this time of the year in parts of the Northern Hemisphere. That being said, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are prone in the Northern Hemisphere to hurricanes from June to November. We all have watched and learned about hurricanes from The Weather Channel. But what does it take for a hurricane to develop and exist? Well technically a hurricane is a extra-tropical cyclone that minimally has winds that exceeds 74 mph. Because it is a low-pressure system in the northern hemisphere, it rotates counter-clockwise (the opposite of coarse in the southern hemisphere).As seen below, the yellow, orange, and red colors show the possible temperature of ocean water to fuel a hurricane brought to you by the OSPDP.
Now it’s not only the atmosphere that creates a hurricane, but also the ocean. Hurricanes fuel off warm water from the ocean and studies have shown that it must be around 81 degrees for a possible event to occur. That being said, when hurricanes are being produced, cold water and land are its kryptonite. Talking about moisture brings us to the next concept- the ocean and moisture. Since rain is a result of moisture in the atmosphere, it is another driving factor that is needed to trigger an extra tropical storm. This creates an energy transfer that can fuel a tropical storm or hurricane.
Now there are no severe threats of hurricanes as of right now around the Gulf or Caribbean, but it is important to be aware of the effects of one hurricane should you be around the area of a storm developing and creating a damper on your day(s).