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HURRICANE NICHOLAS


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5 hours ago, txfilmfan said:

It's the coldness of the water off the US west coast that kills off hurricanes in the Pacific.

There's only been 4 storms since 1900 with at least tropical storm strength to affect California:  1939, Joanne (1972), Kathleen (1976) and Nora (1997)

All but the first actually made landfall in Baja California.  The 1939 storm came ashore at Long Beach.

 

A contributing factor in why the west has geologically stayed so dry.

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2nd reason,  Cascades and Coastal ranges block wet moist air coming from the Pacific and the Rocky mountains block any moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Known as a "rain shadow"

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There were wetter and MUCH DRYER periods

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1 hour ago, Sepiatone said:

Ah, but that was before my time.  ;) 

And some would figure the water off the West coast would be warmer than the East.

Sepiatone

It is, if you go at least as far north as NJ/NY...

It's all that yellow and orange area that breeds hurricanes.  They can keep feeding off the warm water until they reach 40 degrees N latitude or further.  In the Pacific, they start to encounter colder water even in the tropics (20 degrees N)

Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Contour Charts - Office of Satellite and  Product Operations

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