2021 just saw it’s first official Hurricane in the Pacific Ocean just southwest of Mexico this week with Hurricane Enrique, having drenched southern Mexico and claiming at least two lives and over 200 homes before discipating over cooler waters.
An ominous start of the season, but seemingly on par with the prediction by NOAA which suggests we will see 3 to 5 major hurricanes this year with a total of 13-20 named storms in the Atlantic with similar numbers predicted in the Pacific.
Any one of those major hurricanes have the potential to bring with it death and devastation the likes of Hurricane Harvey, Sandy, or even Katrina; dependent on factors like the path traveled, the rate of travel, and the ocean surface temperatures – the latter of which, being the foremost consideration.
The average global sea surface temperature has increased approximately 1.5 oF since 1901, which translates to an average rate of 0.13oF per decade. This doesn’t seem like a tremendous amount until you consider that over the past three decades, the global sea surface temperature has been consistently higher than any other time since reliable records began in 1880.
The effects of warmer waters can be easily observed in our Atlantic ocean now as we are currently monitoring two disturbances forming at the same time in the Atlantic. Will these both necessarily pose formidable threats to life and property? It’s still rather early to determine at the time of writing this – what this does indicate, however, is that conditions in our oceans are appropriate to sustain multiple developments, concurrently. This used to be rare but has become par for the course in recent years.
We will remain vigilant at StormWeapon Defense Systems in our pursuits of patrolling the oceans each season, putting an end to the potentially catastrophic storms. We pray that our project funding/launch arrives sooner than later as we grieve each and every life lost to Mother Nature’s wrath. The annual hurricane season is within our crosshairs and we will see to it that it ceases to be a threat to us, however – this actually is not the final frontier for Champion Research and Development – we aim to protect all life, weather affected or otherwise – more to come…