Altered 2023 Hurricane Outlook: What It Means for Alabama
With roughly 3 months left of Atlantic hurricane season, scientists have updated their predictions for the 2023 season. Also, in a few short days, we will enter the peak season when activity picks up in late August through October.
The adjustment from forecasters comes from a combination of sea surface temperatures reaching record-warm levels in the Atlantic which is likely “to counterbalance the usually limiting atmospheric conditions associated with the ongoing El Nino event,” said the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In NOAA’s August update, the information now moves the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season from a near-normal level of activity to the “likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 60%.”
Atlantic Hurricane Season Area
Forecasters cover the Atlantic Basin for the Atlantic hurricane season which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico.
2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season August Update
What Does This Mean for Alabamians?
Regardless of predictions and outlook changes, we suggest that you are always prepared for hurricane season. This is for those close to the beautiful Alabama coast and even locations inland.
Even though West Alabama is far inland our area still could be impacted depending on the hurricane’s track. Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa will always monitor any tropical development that could impact the Gulf Coast to keep you informed.
“Flooding is the major threat from tropical cyclones for people living inland. Flash flooding, defined as a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall,” said the National Hurricane Center. “Longer-term flooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after the storm.”
Along with flooding and flash flooding there is the potential for wind damage, thunderstorms, and more.
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