The public invited to talk about the hurricane on Sunday at the library – Picayune Item


The public invited to talk about the hurricane on Sunday at the library

Published on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 12:18 p.m.

By Skip Rigney

Over the past 75 years, more hurricanes have occurred in the Atlantic Ocean basin on September 10 than on any other day of the year. This makes today the climatological peak of the hurricane season.

If you would like to learn more about hurricanes, I will be giving a presentation this Sunday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library in Picayune. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the public is invited.

Not only will we be discussing Hurricanes, but we hope to celebrate the Saints beating the Falcons in the teams NFL season opener. With kick-off scheduled for noon, the game is expected to end before 4:00 p.m.

Fortunately, what we won’t be discussing at the conference will be any immediate threat of tropical storms or hurricanes to our region over the coming week.

Hurricane Earl is churning up North Atlantic Ocean waters thousands of miles east of Boston, but nothing on the tropical horizon will affect the Gulf of Mexico for at least a week and likely longer.

One of the topics I will be discussing in Sunday’s talk is why, despite a consensus among scientists who make seasonal hurricane forecasts that 2022 will be a busier than average season, the season kicks off in done relatively slowly.

The biggest weather news for the week ahead for southern Mississippi is an approaching cool front. There has been a growing consensus among computer weather models that the front will cross Pearl River County, likely Monday or Monday evening.

However, as is often the case in early fall, the question is how far south the front will go and how much drier air will blow into the area behind the front.

Hopefully we will see humidity levels measured by dew point temperature drop into the 50s for the first time since late May. With dry air, there will be more heat loss at night, and morning lows could drop into the 60s, especially in the north end of the county.

With less clouds and showers behind the front, bright sunshine will still bring high temperatures into the familiar upper 80s near 90 degrees we had.

However, assuming we get a healthy dose of drier air on Tuesday and Wednesday, these temperatures won’t be as sticky as the upper 80s we’ve grown accustomed to.

However, before we get to such a refreshing respite, we will continue through this weekend and likely into Monday with warm heavy air. There will be a risk of showers and scattered thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon and evening.

These conditions will continue until the cool front pushes towards our south. As a Fall fan, I will support the front to cross the Gulf Coast goal line almost as much as I will support the Saints to hand the Falcons their first loss of 2022.

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