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Gulf Of Mexico Is Hurricane Hot Spot In July

Hurricanes in July
National Weather Service

Hurricane Arthur has come and gone and for the most part damage was minimal. Arthur spun up out of a remnant low that moved off the coast of Georgia and over the Gulf Stream. The warm water and the inherent spin gave Arthur just what it needed to become the Atlantic Basins first named storm of 2014.

Where is the next storm likely to form? If you look at history you’d be keeping your eyes on the ever warming waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During the month of July the Gulf and Caribbean sea remain hot spots for hurricane formation.

Later this month the trend for tropical formation will move slightly to the east. This time of year is known as the Cape Verde season. Tropical low pressure systems will roll of  off the coast of Africa and pick up the energy of the warm waters over the intertropical convergence zone. This also helps keep the spin of these systems alive as they travel into the open waters of the Atlantic.

Right now the tropics are basically quiet and the next couple of days should remain that way. There is an area of disturbed weather being watched near where Hurricane Arthur formed, but the prognosis for formation is low.

It is during this quiet time when we suggest that you review your tropical preparations and make sure that your hurricane kit is still viable with all the items you need. When we checked ours here at the radio station we found out we  didn’t have a manual can opener. That could have been bad in a situation without power for several days. So it’s always a good idea to be prepared ahead of time.


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