As we near the start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, we still feel a little like we are recovering from the recent damage wrought by hurricane Florence, which the National Hurricane Center reported yesterday made a rare seventh landfall, the longest such streak in U.S. history.
After Florence, Hurricane Harvey found it harder and harder to maintain tropical storm force, with its most recent landfall and 18th atmospheric ocean tempest occurring within the Gulf of Mexico. For another unprecedented hurricane, not even Michael made landfall more than a month after its formation.
If some tropical storms or hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico migrate to the Eastern Seaboard in the next few weeks, we could be in for a repeat. Since tropical storms can blow in from the east, I predict we will encounter at least one, and possibly more, of them by the time the hurricane season ends, on Nov. 30.
How long will we stay out of the swamps, typically an unpleasant exfoliation that causes bloody red rivers to sweep out into the streets, in summer? What about during the colder winter months? Will any storms strengthen enough to reach hurricane intensity, capable of causing serious harm to people, property and crops?