Weather Talk: Conditions ripe for an active Atlantic hurricane season
The Atlantic hurricane season continues to be an active one, with another tropical storm approaching the Gulf Coast this weekend. Nate is less of a storm than Harvey, Irma and Maria were. But Nate is also the 14th letter of the alphabet, which shows just how active the Atlantic has been this fall. Meanwhile, tropical storms in the Pacific Ocean have been few and far between this year. It usually works out this way. Hurricanes like weak upper level winds. Calm air aloft allows thunderstorms over warm, tropical water to organize into the massive storm system that is a hurricane. Strong upper level winds, however, interfere with large scale organization. Usually, when the upper-level winds are calm over the Atlantic, it is a lot windier over the Pacific, and vice-versa. This season, the conditions for hurricanes have been harder to come by in the Pacific Ocean.