Thursday, August 16, 2007

First Hurricane of 2007

It didn't take long for Dean to reach hurricane status but it finally did early this morning. Indications are that Dean will strengthen into a category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale by the time it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Key ingredients to this hurricane strengthening include the warm Gulf water and light winds in the middle part of the atmosphere. Should be interesting to watch through the upcoming weekend. We'll be tracking it for you.

The remnants of Erin moving through Texas will spread clouds across Kansas this weekend, but it sure doesn't look like significant rainfall is in our future. Northern Oklahoma and extreme southeast Kansas might get some rain, but most of Kansas will miss out. One positive side of the clouds though... not as hot for Saturday. I guess we will take what we can get. See you Saturday for updates on these tropical developments (and our forecast too).


Jon said...

A question, so are we about the average time in which hurricanes form or is it early or behind. Hope it isn't a very active hurricane season in the gulf so gas prices won't go crazy.


Ross Janssen said...

It is just about on schedule. Peak season happens in September when the water temperatures are at their warmest. The season can last into November, so I'd say it is right on schedule. I'm hoping that Dean stays far enough south it will not interfere with the oil refineries.

Jon said...

Thanks for the answer!!

Like I even need to say... said...

Chief, How long much longer is it going to stay hot and moist out there?

Ross Janssen said...

Hey, thanks for asking. Sure looks like we've seen the hottest temperatures that we are going to see possibly the rest of the summer. We still look for hot and humid conditions, but the weather pattern changes next week so look for increasing chances for rain and some not-as-hot weather. The atmosphere will still be very moist.

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