Mark Malsick jokes that his summer vacation plans are shot.
That's because the severe weather liaison for the S.C. Climate Office doesn't like how the hurricane season is shaping up.
And neither does anyone else.
El Nino has evaporated. That's a warming trend in Pacific tropical waters which created high- altitude winds shearing hurricanes in this hemisphere the past few years. Meanwhile, the tropical Atlantic is warmer than it was in 2005, the record-breaking year with a record 27 named storms including the devastating hurricane Katrina. And hot seas make for mean storms.
Ugh--read it all from the front page of yesterday's local paper.
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