Good morning on this sunny-soggy Thursday.
The devastation more than a thousand miles away got us thinking about New York and our chances of having a hurricane.
Is there a “hurricane season” in the New York area?
Hurricanes pose the greatest threat to New York City between late August and October, as history has shown.
The main reason: The waters in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are warmest during the late summer months, and “warm water is what hurricanes feed off of,” Mr. Homenuk said.
Is New York less prone to hurricanes than other parts of the country, like Texas or Louisiana?
Farther south — in places like Houston, New Orleans, Florida or the Caribbean — the probability of being hit by a tropical storm is much higher, Mr. Homenuk said.
The temperature of the sea is a major factor, determining how strong a storm can become. Toastier temperatures promote tropical activity, and the ocean waters are far warmer in those areas than in the Northeast.
Will we feel the effects of Harvey in New York?
“Tropical systems impact the flow of the whole atmosphere,” Mr. Homenuk said, because even when they make landfall somewhere else, they’re often pulled up into our area.
“Moisture from the storm is going to eventually make its way up through the Mississippi Valley and then up through the Northeast.”
Labor Day weekend won’t be a washout, but we’ll see the remnants of the storm in the form of rain late Saturday into early Sunday.
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