The Gulf of Mexico Is Setting a Record for Hurricane Drought

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Usually we don’t celebrate holding a record for “nothing,” but in this case, we definitely should. For 1,048 days as of Saturday, the Gulf of Mexico has remained hurricane-free. According to the Scientific American, “That is the longest streak in the past 130 years, since formal record-keeping began in 1886.”

Tropical storms or depressions have formed in the past 1,048 days, but never made it to hurricane status. Storms are categorized as hurricanes once they maintain wind speeds of 74 miles per hour or above. Hurricane Ingrid in 2013 was the Gulf’s last official hurricane. It only a reached the power of a Category 1.

Nonchalantly mentioning the lack of major storm activity in the Gulf will have many people who live along the coast “knocking on wood” and thinking “don’t speak too soon!” The New Orleans Advocate reports that National Hurricane Center’s Robbie Berg agrees that people shouldn’t get too comfortable with the lack of storms. He stresses, “Not having hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico doesn’t mean that people should become complacent or forget how to prepare for one.”

Keep your fingers crossed and hope the record of “nothing” continues. Though Texans must always stay ready for a storm since our weather is an unpredictably devastating force.