TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Some of the weather we are seeing in the Wabash Valley right now could have an effect on national weather later this year.
2019 is an El Nino year. What this means, is usually hurricane season is a little more calm.
In an El Nino year, there is warmer water in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
While most of our hurricanes come from the Atlantic, we need to have warm Atlantic waters for strong hurricane development.
With warmer waters in the Pacific, it is harder for the Atlantic to warm up.
However recent models are saying we could end our El Nino year a little earlier than usual.
That would mean more heat in the Atlantic ocean, which could mean more hurricanes.
Right here in the valley, we don't see hurricanes, but we still feel the effects.
A strong hurricane can dump large amounts of rain on the valley, if the path is just right.
So keep an eye to the sky, especially as we get closer to hurricane season.
- What to Expect From Hurricane Season
- Expect a busier-than-normal hurricane season, NOAA says
- Hurricane season increases prices of local groceries
- Increase in car thefts expected during holiday season
- How Hurricanes are Categorized
- Hurricane Dorian Stalls Out
- Tropical Storm Erick is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday
- Hurricane Dorian's winds reach 175 mph as storm is expected to stall over Bahamas, forecasters say
- Hurricane Dorian threatens the US
- Dorian may be moving away, but there are still two months left of hurricane season