Why has this hurricane season been so bad?

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 20:30 UTC, shows the eye of Hurricane Maria as it nears Dominica. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday evening that Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter planes found that Maria had strengthened into a storm with 160 mph (260 kph) winds. (NASA via AP)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This hurricane season has kept meteorologists busy, but according to New Haven’s City Engineer Giovanni Zinn, we’re not the only busy ones!

“We’ve had a bunch of meetings where we’ve dusted off our hurricane plans and really made sure that we’re set to go,” explained Zinn.

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In addition to being ready to go in the event of a storm, Zinn and his team are tasked with ways to help prevent flooding and damage from a hurricane in New Haven.

“What we’ve realized especially learning lessons from Sandy and Irene years ago is that there are certain spots in the city that in a Sandy type storm if we were able to put up temporary barriers, we would be able to protect the city even more and try to mitigate the flooding,” mentioned Zinn.

So here’s the solution: 3 feet by three feet bags, filled with sand and placed in places sand bags typically go. They’re easy to fill, and easy to move with equipment. Time savers like this are important, especially with such a busy hurricane season. But why has this hurricane season been so busy?

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Well, in order to see what it’s like in the Atlantic, it’s important to move all the way over to Africa where this summer there have been a lot of storms that have fired up. These storms keep their strength moving across to the Atlantic Ocean, which this year has been particularly warm. Any time you get water temperatures over 79 degrees, tropical systems maintain their strength and that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing over the Atlantic. As long as the continues to happen, we’ll have to continue to watch the ocean.


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