LABEOC Weather Advisory

August 18, 2023

As we rapidly approach the halfway point of the hurricane season (September 10, 2023), we can get a feel for why the forecasters have increased the expected numbers for this year in spite of the strong El Nino effect.

Figure 1. 7-day outlook, August 18, 2023

There are four (4) areas to watch for development over the next seven days. Please monitor your weather forecaster of choice, especially as you can see that Louisiana could potentially feel some effects from one of the blobs. Recent history says that anytime these get over warm water, they can rapidly intensify, and the Gulf of Mexico’s surface temperature is warmer than average. Things can change quickly, so awareness will be vital.Here are a few things you can do to prepare.

1. Stay alert to changes in the forecasts.

2. Review your hurricane plans with family, friends, employers, or employees.

3. Check your emergency supplies kits and restock them as necessary.

Have a great weekend, but keep an eye on the weather for next week.

Jim Williams, MBA
Public-Private Partnership Operations Officer
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
Informatics Research Institute
University of Louisiana at Lafayette – A Carnegie R1 Research University
(Office: (337) 482-0633
(Cell: (337) 422-9169
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