Written by Staff Writer
CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy gives an overview of the weather that will dominate the coming hurricane season.
Hurricane Florence’s potential to unleash more than one trillion gallons of rain onto the Carolinas is one of the biggest dangers of the coming hurricane season.
But with the upcoming mid-August start of the official season — and the official start of hurricane season on 18 May for the Atlantic basin — it’s time to look at the longest-range forecasts that predict when and where tropical systems will wreak havoc and bring deadly winds and storm surges.
In a normal year, there’s a fairly clear picture of the hurricane season, with conditions transitioning from calm during the Atlantic’s equatorial summer months to some regular rotation and activity during the fall and winter.
But recent climate change has changed all that: Even though the atmosphere is getting hotter and warmer, the ocean is also getting warmer. This has had the unfortunate side effect of causing sea surface temperatures to move more slowly this year, resulting in a more variable climate in the Atlantic basin and a more erratic prediction of hurricane activity.