Texas A&M Weather Expert weighs in on active hurricane season

Published: Sep. 8, 2017 at 2:53 PM CDT
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Texans are still cleaning up the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, as Florida residents now brace for Irma.

It's been a very active hurricane season and it is not over yet.

Hurricane Harvey brought too much rain to Central and Southeast Texas.

Now the state of Florida is in the cross hairs of another monster storm: Irma.

"This is actually the strongest, or second strongest storm, that we have measured in the Atlantic, depending on how we look at it," said Robert Korty, PhD. He is also the Assistant Professor of Meteorology at Texas A&M.

September is the peak month for hurricane season in the Atlantic.

"There is always a possibility for more tropical storms through October, November and even occasionally a little bit after," said Korty.

There is still a chance that another hurricane could hit Texas this year but Dr. Korty remains optimistic, that will not happen.

"One lucky aspect of living in Texas is that the deeper we get into fall the more likely those storms are to start turning east at lower latitudes," said Korty. "For us, in Texas, typically the summer into September is the time period we see most activity. That doesn't rule it out later on -- but it does start to diminish in likelihood."

As Florida braces for Irma the weather we're seeing here in College Station is also having an impact on it. The cooler, drier air we're seeing are not good ingredients for a hurricane. And that helps protect us.

“So this has been a return in the Atlantic this year to a very active season. We’ve been lucky for the last decade. There were major hurricanes in the Atlantic but for one reason or another each of them were steered out to sea or they diminished in intensity before they reached the United States," explained Korty.

"So it has actually been 12 years between between major hurricanes here in Texas -- Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and Hurricane Harvey last month," he said.

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida by early Sunday morning.