The Greatest Hurricane in a Century Might Hit San Diego
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — August 9, 2018
The United States is again threatened with unexplained natural phenomena. Hurricane Hector arrives in Hawaii, endless tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes have reeked destruction all over the country.
Now the most destructive hurricane in over a century could be headed for San Diego. According to scientists, ocean temperatures are the highest they have ever been in the area, which has the potential to create the first hurricane to sweep through the area for the first time in over 160 years.
On Wednesday, August 1, water samples showed a reading of 78.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers said these temperatures broke an all-time record. Water temperature testing has been conducted at the end of Scripps Pier in La Jolla every single day since 1916, making these readings an extremely unusual natural phenomenon.
“Under these conditions, the hurricanes that form in the southeast Pacific have a higher chance of tracking more northward and potentially affecting us," Said Art Miller, Ph.D., head of the Oceans and Atmosphere Section of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
"Since 2014, we’ve had a lot of warming in the Pacific," said Melissa Carter, a program analyst with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "We also have a lot of water coming up from the south, which is warmer."
Beachgoers in La Jolla noticed the warmth of the ocean on Thursday.
"It's like bathwater out there right now," said Kyle Graham.
Miller added that the chances of a hurricane that would directly hit San Diego are slim, however, such a storm could drift upwards from Baja California. He also noted the present wetter and warmer weather could bring about a destructive El Niño weather pattern in 2018-2019.
“As it migrates more towards the north, it has the potential to keep its dynamic structure and produce rainfall events," added Miller.
A tropical storm is classified when a storm reaches wind speeds of 39-73 miles per hour, the impending hurricane has wind speeds of 74 mph or greater.
There has only been one hurricane recorded history in the history of California. It is known as the 1858 San Diego hurricane. In 1976, Hurricane Kathleen moved from the south into the county as a tropical storm.
A year later in 1977, Hurricane Doreen hit California, and was considered the worst tropical cyclone to hit the state in over 30 years. The storm caused at least $25 million in damage.