Hurricane Season Over? Expert Says Pretty Much

www.nhc.noaa.gov image from September 24, 2013.
Officially, there are still more than two months left in the Atlantic hurricane season, but one local weather expert says we're pretty much out of danger here in the Houston area.

By definition, hurricane season ends on November 30th, but Chris Hebert with Houston-based Impact Weather says he doesn't expect our section of the Gulf Coast to be threatened by any big storms from here on out.  

"Typically, the Texas coast is impacted and generally in the earlier to mid-part of the season, up through about the third or fourth week of September, which is where we are right now. After September, it's rare to have a hurricane threaten the Texas coast, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the Gulf Coast is out of the woods."

He says Florida is usually still in play for hurricanes the rest of this month and October. The last October hurricane to hit the Texas Gulf Coast was Jerry in 1989. Hebert says there's a good reason why hurricane season, in essence, ends here in September. 

"Do you remember what happened last weekend? Remember it was cool, we had a cold front move on through? The jet stream is starting to dip down toward the Gulf Coast and as the storms begin moving, let's say they into the Gulf toward Texas, they would encounter these westerly winds associated with these frontal boundaries and begin to turn to the northeast." 

Hebert says he's still surprised at how little activity there's been this hurricane season. He says it appears unexpected drier air around the tropics and northern hemisphere has suppressed hurricane activity around the globe, not just in the Atlantic basin. 

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Jack Williams

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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...