Hurricane Storm Watch: July 2023 Outlook
The Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions often experience heightened hurricane activity in July and August. States along the eastern seaboard, such as Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Gulf Coast states, like Texas and Louisiana, historically encounter the highest frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes during this period.
The Atlantic hurricane season typically starts from June 1st to November 30th when the Atlantic Ocean has reached about 80 degrees – the warmer the water, the stronger the hurricane. The outlook for summer 2023 is more challenging to predict due to several conflicting factors. This season is expected to be above average as the Atlantic waters had reached above-normal temperatures in June. However, because it is an El Nino hurricane season, the wind speed and direction change affect the intensity of storms, typically causing them to decrease the likelihood of storms accumulating.
As of 7/21/2023, Tropical Storm Don is strengthening with movement at 10mph and winds at 60mph. It has the potential to build up more strength tomorrow as it moves over warm water, but by Sunday, it could weaken as it leads into cooler waters.