Thursday, September 5, 2013

2013 Hurricane Season So Far

Due to the warmer water temperatures towards the end of summer, hurricane season typically hits its peak right around the end of August and into the beginning of September. Storms are provided with ample energy, and development is encouraged by the moist air and favorable wind patterns.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30.

Up until September 5th
, only a half dozen Tropical Storms have been named, none of which have reached hurricane criteria for the 2013 season. According to the National Hurricane Center, the season is still on track, and with a little less than three months to go, plenty could still happen. 

Tropical Depression (as of 11am Thursday, Sept 5) Gabrielle, is the seventh named storm of the season. 

As a Tropical Storm, with sustained winds at 40mph, Gabrielle is expected to weaken and make a right-hand turn back into the Atlantic. (NHC)
While Gabrielle has not (and will not) affected the US coast, areas of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are expected to receive an estimated 3-6'' of rain from the storm. TD Gabrielle formed about 70 miles south of Puerto Rico on September 4th, and was briefly upgraded to a Tropical Storm before being downgraded once again, back to a Tropical Depression.

As a Tropical Depression, Gabrielle has sustained winds of 35mph. (NHC)
Gabrielle suffered from too-dry air and an unfavorable wind pattern, so the storm was unable to maintain Tropical Storm force winds (39+mph) and failed to organize.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured an image of Gabrielle at 7:32 a.m. EDT on Sept. 5, 2013. The storm had Tropical Storm force winds at the time.
NASA GOES Project)

The 2013 season began in early June with Andrea, the first (and only storm) to make landfall on the United States coastline. Here is the rest of this year's list:
 Even without a major storm so far this season, the most important fact to remember, is that hurricanes can be devastating, no matter what time of the season they form... (See HURRICANE SANDY: Oct 22-31, 2012)