Today is likely the last day before parts of Florida feel the impact of Hurricane Dorian. The lastest NOAA predictive map shows the following:
Essentially, by Monday morning the storm should be close enough to the US coast to feel some tropical storm-type impact, if not hurricane level winds. How close the storm eventually does come to the coast will determine just how much of the monstrous 180 mph sustained winds (maximum) will be felt. I read there were gusts up to 220 mph, and that’s completely nuts.
The fact of the matter is that hurricanes have become much bigger and far more fierce in the previous years. There can be no doubt about that. A few years back it was nearly unheard of to have a storm react Category 5, the highest level a hurricane can reach, and now it seems like every other year we’re getting a storm in that category or, as is the case with Dorian, on the far end of that scale.
The reason the storm is as powerful as it is, one presumes, is because of the warm water which fuels these monsters, and this past July was on record as the hottest July ever recorded.
But of course, one thing doesn’t have much to do with the other, right?! There’s definitely no such thing as global warming, right?!
The Bahamas are going to take a major beating for a while, and my heart truly goes out to them. We’ll see what happens with Florida, and beyond, in the next couple of days.