‘Freakishly warm’ Gulf could trigger powerful spring storms

Record-breaking water temps portend meteorological mayhem in the South and Plains.


The average sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico never fell below 73 degrees this past winter — a first in recorded history. That “freakishly warm” Gulf, as The Washington Post characterized it in a headline this week, could abet stronger than normal spring storms in the South and Plains states, according to several meteorologists and climate scientists interviewed in the WaPo article.

(New Orleans and Baton Rouge — and presumably Lafayette — experienced their warmest February on record last month, according to the report.)

Read it here.