The storm, at the time of writing, is a major hurricane (category 4) and is still on track to make landfall this week in North Carolina. Models also suggest that it may stall and cause a flood disaster.
This weekend I tweeted my concern about the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence later this week. Some guy chastised me for fear-mongering. I dismissed that as just typical Twitter posturing.
Honestly, a small part of my answer to the question in the title is "I am not sure." However, the vast majority of me knows there is mix of necessary attention, social media hyperventilation, and curiosity whenever there is a hurricane in the Atlantic, especially one that reaches major…
Over the weekend on social media, I noticed some confusion as the National Hurricane Center monitored a storm system currently moving into the Florida Keys. The storm has now been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gordon as of Labor Day morning.
A few weeks ago virtually every seasonal hurricane forecaster adjusted its projections downward for the Atlantic hurricane season. The primary reasons cited were that Atlantic waters were relatively cool and an El Nino was expected to develop.
Updated at 7:21 pm on August 22nd. Hurricane warning has been posted for the big island of Hawaii and hurricane watches have now been issued for the other Hawaiian islands and wind speeds have increased to 160 mph. It is now a Category 5 hurricane.
Hurricane Lane, at the time of writing, is a category 5 storm, and it is also very close to the Hawaiian islands.
We are approaching the latter part of August, which typically means that we are entering the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The historic wildfires in the western part of the United States are causing an array of problems ranging from the fires themselves to degraded air quality. Closer to the fires, lives and property are being destroyed while smoke is being detected as far east as New York.