Tropics Finally Heating Up
It has been over four thousand and three hundred days since a Category 3 or higher hurricane has hit the shores of the USA.
The last Category 3 or higher hurricane to hit was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. We have been very fortunate in the past twelve years in regards to catastrophic hurricane just missing or shores. Will this trend continue through this hurricane season?
While we don’t see a Category 3 or high hurricane heading our way yet this season we are observing some trends that indicate tropical activity is heating up.
Tropical Storm Harvey is forming in the western Gulf of Mexico. Weather models are suggesting that Harvey will increase in strength in the coming days and will possibly threaten area of southern and southeastern Texas by this Friday and into the weekend.
In addition to Harvey (1 in red on map below), another system called Irma (yellow 2 on map below) is developing off the southeast coast of Florida by this weekend.
Late August is usually a very active time in the tropics, especially the southern Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
Beef producers along the Gulf Coast (especially Texas) and along the southeastern coast (Florida and Carolinas) should keep an eye on tropical activity in the coming weeks.