Forecasters predict an intense hurricane season over the next few months as extreme weather patterns and conditions shift over the Atlantic. The majority of the hurricane season occurs between June 1 through November, when ocean temperatures rise and stir more severe hurricanes. Meteorologists forecast nine hurricanes, four of which are expected to be significant events.
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What Causes Hurricanes?
Hurricanes start out as smaller cyclones that combine clouds and thunderstorms originating over tropical or subtropical waters. When these systems form and winds surpass 39 miles per hour, it officially becomes a tropical storm and gets a name from the The World Meteorological Organization. But when these storms hit 74 mph, it’s now a hurricane. Regions outside the North Atlantic, Central North Pacific, or Eastern North Pacific call hurricanes typhoons or tropical cyclones, but they’re all the same type of storm.
Why are 2023 Hurricanes So Severe?
Experts warn that this year’s hurricanes are expected to be especially severe due to the “extreme anomalous warmth” of ocean temperatures. The Weather Channel warns that there are several factors contributing to the hurricane’s season peak:
- The Sahara Desert’s dry air is mixing with moisture from African easterly waves and aggravating hurricane conditions.
- Temperatures along the ocean’s surface provide energy for hurricanes and continue to warm up the sea throughout the summer and into the fall.
- During the fall months, the speed or direction of the wind and storms can change and rapidly gain momentum.
In 2023, June and July were the hottest months on record and set new-record average global temperatures. That intense heat eventually absorbed the oceans and warmed up their surface. A buoy in Manatee Bay recently recorded record-breaking ocean temperatures of 101.1 degrees Fahrenheit. The effects aren’t just isolated to the ocean, either. Higher temperatures also trigger severe wildfires and heavier rainfall because warmer air holds moisture.
On average, AccuWeather usually announces 14 named storms, but it’s recently climbed to nearly 20 named storms and major hurricanes.
El Niño is Complicating Everything
El Niño developing over the Pacific Ocean also complicates the rapidly rising weather temperatures. El Niño stirs winds across the Caribbean and into the Atlantic’s tropical region, which increases wind shear. The result is a stronger, more powerful hurricane wreaking havoc over the Atlantic.
What You Can Do to Prepare for a Hurricane
It’s always a good idea to prepare for a hurricane as soon as possible, but it’s also never too late to start. Secure your yard and make sure there’s no patio furniture or objects that could damage your yard or harm your neighbors. It’s also wise to cover up your windows and doors and stock up on clean drinking water and emergency supplies, such as batteries, first aid kits, and non-perishable food.
Remember to secure any medications for your family as well as your pets. You should also have a fire extinguisher on hand and keep carbon monoxide detectors on hand to prevent CO poisoning.
Don’t Suffer Through a Power Outage
Beyond your core emergency supplies, you also need a generator to keep the power on. When the electricity goes out, mold can quickly form and compromise the integrity of your home and your health. Mold spores grow in warm, damp conditions within 24 to 48 hours, even if you can’t see them for a few days or weeks. It can cause respiratory issues, nausea, and dizziness and wreak havoc on your home. If you already have a generator installed, make sure it’s had a maintenance service appointment or any necessary generator repairs.
Prepare for Hurricane Season with Rack Electric
Keeping the power on can provide comfort, prevent mold, and keep your refrigerator on and your food fresh. Contact the team at Rack Electric about investing in a generator to prepare for hurricane season. Our team will come out and test or maintain your existing generator, talk about a new installation, and assess your needs to find a customized solution that fits your needs. Give us a call today!(561) 666-8960