808 Weather with Cruz and Nuge: Hurricane season

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Welcome to “808 Weather with Cruz and Nuge,” a new monthly web series that looks at fascinating weather phenomena in Hawaii.

From hurricanes to the “green flash,” KHON2’s Justin Cruz and Dr. Alison Nugent, assistant professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, will break it all down with a fun twist on science.

Episode One focuses on hurricane season. Why does hurricane season run from June through November?

Cruz and Nuge look at the scientific reason why those months are key to hurricane formation. For example, water temperatures must be at least 80 degrees for a hurricane to form. Any cooler, and the potential drops to practically zero.

Another fun fact: The warm waters that fuel hurricanes move north and south throughout the year.

Check out this graphic from NOAA to see why: Weekly Sea Surface Temperatures for the Past 52 Weeks

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