June 1 marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season

5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, June 01 2017 Jun 1, 2017 Thursday, June 01, 2017 10:13:00 AM CDT June 01, 2017 in Weather
By: Tim Schmidt, KOMU 8 First Alert Weather

COLUMBIA - The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins today and is forecast to be an above-normal season for tropical storm activity.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting 11 to 17 named storms and five to nine hurricanes, two to four of which could be major hurricanes (Category 3 or above).

Dr. Gary Bell from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this outlook reflects the expectation for a weaker El Nino, above-normal sea surface temperatures and weaker jet stream winds over the formation region.

While the National Hurricane Center makes predictions on the number of named tropical systems, Dr. Bell says they do not make predictions on whether these systems will make landfall due to uncertain atmospheric conditions weeks from now that “steer” the storm.

Last year there were 15 named storms, seven of which were hurricanes. The most notable storm from last year was Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in South Carolina on October 8. Over its track, Matthew did $2 billion worth of damage in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, killing 34 in the U.S. and 551 in the Caribbean.

While hurricanes do not pose an immediate threat to Missouri, the remnant energy and moisture from these powerful tropical cyclones can move far inland and produce heavy rainfall which often leads to flash flooding.

Recent notable events where this has happened were in 2012 where the remnants of Hurricane Isaac dumped 2 to 4 inches of rainfall in central Missouri, effectively “busting” the 2012 drought. In June 2015, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill produced heavy rain over the Lake of the Ozarks where 5 to 7 inches of rainfall was reported and caused major flooding along the Osage river.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

More News

Grid
List
Fulton - Prom season came early this year in North Callaway, with the Future Farmers of America club giving senior... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:18:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City High School students, parents and friends came together for a prayer vigil Thursday night for... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:09:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in Top Stories
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The intersection of Highway 54 & Route W could see a $10-$12 million makeover in... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:12:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri's October unemployment rate of 3.5 percent was the lowest for the state in over 17 years, according... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:57:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Everybody Eats held an event to help the community have food on the table for Thanksgiving. Almeta... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:53:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens announced Thursday he appointed 27 people to serve on state boards that work to... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:44:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Some Jefferson City residents are hoping to save five dilapidated but historic houses from demolition by getting... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:44:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Several blueprints and over $400,000 later, new water pipes are ready to go. Bryant Street and Switzler... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:40:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Columbia scored a 100, Springfield came in at 21 and St. Charles collected 38 points, but the... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 5:23:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Former conference rivals Missouri and Kansas State will play a home-and-home football series during the 2022 and 2023... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:42:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two former MU athletes are reinventing a breakfast favorite: waffles. Start Right Foods is a food brand focusing... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:05:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An Osage Beach woman was sentenced to three years in federal prison without parole for... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:04:53 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City police have received reports of 15 thefts from unlocked vehicles in the past few days.... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:44:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou basketball will once again be playing without prize recruit Michael Porter Jr. Thursday night. The 6'10"... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:19:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in Sports
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said she's "shocked and concerned" about allegations against fellow Democratic Sen. Al... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:19:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A physician and concerned Missouri residents gathered outside the University of Missouri Hospital to call for an end... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:46:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Secondary Education released its annual performance report on the status of schools districts... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:54:00 AM CST November 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A Missouri State Representative is asking for your feedback when it comes to raising taxes for transportation funding.... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:07:00 AM CST November 16, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
10am 49°
11am 53°
12pm 55°
1pm 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:00a
Megyn Kelly TODAY
10:00a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
11:00a
Rachael Ray
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
The Brave
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Valor
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld