What was with all the Hurricanes in 2017?

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all the Hurricanes?

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I’m not going to lie. Hurricane Harvey frightened me, so much so, I ran around the house collecting my prized artwork (that I made) from the walls and putting it somewhere a bit safer for my liking. Our roof stayed on, and our house did not flood, and our neighborhood faired exceptionally well. There were a ton of fence and tree damage, but the houses came out with minimal damage. My eldest son helped us take the hanging basket plants into the garage from the porch, with the wind and rain warning us to finish preparing everything outside, and only began getting frightened when I told him the storm is coming; that is when he gasped and ran inside. My youngest had no idea what was going on, and only became terrified when our power went out, loudly, at 2:00 a.m., and he had no night-light to sooth his slumber. Of course, this happened while I was in the bathroom, so I had to, very blindly, navigate through all of the porcelain, marble and wood, then down a dark hallway to pick-up a terrified, screaming baby boy in a pitch-black, boarded-up, room then proceed to take him out to the only light on the protected, screened-in-porch to sooth him until a flashlight found us. This boy may have been in fear, but he’s tough, with a bully-of-a-big-brother (who is beginning to be nicer to his baby brother), being birthed in a car at a Texaco, and celebrating his very first birthday during Hurricane Harvey, two days after the storm initially hit us, I’d say this kid has many more exciting birthdays to come. Now, what is with these strong hurricanes?

First, let us look at what a hurricane actually is. The National Ocean Service tell us that, “a hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters [typically the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, and less typically in the Central North Pacific], and when a storm’s maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph, it is called a hurricane,” (NOAA). Okay, so, for hurricanes to form there have to be conditions. To be begin with, let us look at the, ‘where’ factor. Since hurricanes tend to form more often in the Atlantic Ocean basin, east of the United States, and west of Europe and Africa, there is definitely something about those waters that differ from the Pacific Ocean Waters. The National Ocean Service called those waters “tropical,” which makes them warmer waters, and that warm water reaches deep into the dark ocean. Now, that is one major ingredient for forming hurricanes. What are the next two?

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