‘Brown ocean’ effect may bedevil soggy Texas as storm nears
DALLAS (AP) — The historic rainfall that inundated Texas in May continues to leave the soil saturated and rivers engorged, but a scientist involved in a NASA-funded research project says it also could strengthen a storm moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
A broad area of low pressure that developed near the Yucatan Peninsula could brew nasty weather along the Texas and Louisiana coasts and inland. These low-pressure systems can become tropical storms that gather power from the warm waters of the ocean, and then weaken once they move over land.
But the research has found some storms can actually strengthen over land by drawing from the evaporation of abundant soil moisture, a phenomenon known as the “brown ocean” effect, according to Marshall Shepherd, director of atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia.
“All the things a hurricane likes over the ocean is what we have over land right now,” said Shepherd, one of the principals who conducted the research. SOURCE
So, I show this to my neighbor, the one that waters his yard 7 days a week, even when we were under severe water restrictions, and he says, “You don’t believe this crap do you?”
I guess over the next few days we’ll find out, here’s the latest forecast.