At the Peak
Posted by Brent Cameron
Welcome to the very PEAK of our Hurricane Season. This is, historically, the most active time in the tropics! Looking back over the years, there have even been some of the worst and most destructive tropical systems known to man. Here's a graphic of the track of the "Galveston Hurricane of 1900" which hit coastal Texas back on September 8, 1900. According to many, this was the greatest natural disaster to ever strike the United States! While we'll never know the exact loss of life, there's belief that it killed an estimated 6000 to 8000 people!
The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was able to grow intense while over the warm Gulf waters. Unfortunately, this was a before the advent of satellites. Weather forecasting was also at its infancy. The storm "roared ashore" with sustained wind speeds of 145 miles per hour (category 4 on the scale we use today). Residents of coastal Texas had virtually NO advance warning of what was coming their way!
Fast forward to 2013: As you might expect, there's some action to follow ... including a Tropical Storm that has been getting stronger. Tropical Storm Humberto remains near the southern Cape Verde Islands over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean. All forecast models turn it northward in the days ahead, which means that it will ONLY be a concern for the shipping lanes.
Of some note is whether (and when) Humberto might grow to Hurricane strength. We're on the verge of a record: the latest date for the first hurricane in a season. For now, the latest hurricane to form was Gustav back on September 11, 2002. Interestingly, Humberto may become a hurricane around that very time frame. Regardless, Humberto isn't likely to be memorable, other than possibly getting some notoriety as a statistic.
We'll continue to watch all of the tropical satellites... as well as our local radars. There's a daily chance for developing scattered-type showers and storms each day this week. Typical weather conditions will remain the rule.