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Hot enough fer ya?

Things are about to start steaming. From this time in July on, the chance of a tropical storm forming rises dramatically until the season's peak, which is considered to be Sept. 10.

As it gets closer to that peak, the chance also rises that the storm would become a hurricane. Tighten your seat belts, the ride could get rocky from here.

What's brewing

Conditions: Things are starting to rumble out there. Tropical Storm Barry formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say conditions "appear favorable" for it to strengthen to a hurricane bringing a deluge rain as it moves ashore Saturday in Louisiana. The Mississippi delta region that will be swept by its rain and storm surge is already reeling from river flooding. South Carolina American Red Cross disaster relief teams are deploying to the region.

Computer models: Other than the Gulf storm, runs of the leading models and their ensembles were not showing any areas of concern for the Atlantic during the coming ten days.

Outlook: Some computer model runs suggested Georgia could push rain into South Carolina, but local National Weather Service forecasters say that's not likely.

What we're talking about

  • Scientists rely on super computers to help them map what hurricanes will do, but some say that technology is reaching its limits
  • Hurricane Barbara petered out quickly in the Pacific, but its remnants are still going to lash Hawaii with rain
  • Developers in Houston, which saw one of the most catastrophic flooding events in recent memory during Hurricane Harvey, strongly supported a bond for new storm water infrastructure. However, the Houston Chronicle found that they're also pushing back hard against new building rules meant to make development more flood-resilient.
  • Flood buyouts are a hot topic these days. The New York Times recently highlighted some purchases in Nashville; last year, we reported that it took multiple storms to convince some residents in Conway, SC to move. 

Hurricanes in history

Hurricane Wire is a pop-up newsletter during hurricane season that delivers anyone who lives on the East Coast all the information they need to know as storms brew in the Atlantic and beyond.


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An unidentified woman clings to a tree while waiting to be rescued from the swift floodwaters of Greene Creek in Inman on July 7, 2005. She and her car were swept off Bryant Road that was flooded by the locally heavy rains from the remnants Tropical Storm Cindy. She was safely rescued. File/AP

Your questions, answered

Have a question about how hurricanes work, how we cover them or any other storm-related questions? Email bopete@postandcourier.com and cjohnson@postandcourier.com and we may feature your question in an upcoming newsletter. 

Science and environment reporter. Author of Washing Our Hands in the Clouds.

Chloe Johnson covers the coastal environment and climate change for the Post and Courier. She's always looking for a good excuse to hop on a boat.

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