Georgia, Michael, Florida discussed on Weather Geeks

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Weather. Geeks podcast. I'm Dr Marshall shepherd, and I'm talking with Steve Bowen director meteorologist a on talking about the weather disasters at twenty eighteen and we're still talking about Michael one other really interesting aspect of Michael was the fact that it did end up being so strong. And because it was so strong and moving at a pretty good clip. It maintained its intensity well inland in the parts of the panhandle Florida even parts of Georgia really destroyed much of the cotton P con and peanut crop there in Georgia was that something that you expect it or do you worry that we will see more of that type of inland maintenance intensity? I'll be honest is shocked as I was at the damage along the coast near the landfall location. We actually drove all the way into the southeast Georgia, south west, Georgia. Excuse me to do the damage survey, you know, in we we found that there was you know, there was that one site that had one hundred twenty mile per hour wind gusts, and we actually visited that location and the damage that we saw there was absolutely, you know, matching that that cat three type of wind damage that you would expect and that was really shocking. The fact that the storm maintained its intensity so far inland was you know, really surprising. And and you know. I'm almost speechless. I don't know what to say. It's not it's not something that you typically, you know, expect, you know, hurricane to maintain that level of of strength that Farland especially that far amount of time. So no, I you know, I don't have a good answer for that. But it's something that, you know, catches off guard. And I think that's you know, one of the important points about the weather. You know, especially for me is that the weather continues to humble me. You know, I always feel like I have a pretty good grasp on unhealthy go. Obviously. I don't know everything, you know, no one does. But you know, there are still some events that surprise me in, you know, forced me to kind of go back and relook at the literature. You know, just trying to figure out what what actually happened. I I know that you've done some great work on things like the Brown ocean effect. You know inland may maybe it was, you know, feeding off of you know, what soils or something like that kind of kept it going that far inland. But you know, I'm still kind of at a loss as to what you know, kept its intensity that for far inland. Yeah. No. We thought a little bit about perhaps, whether it was Brown ocean case, I don't I I don't. don't think this one was interestingly enough in that part of the of Georgia. There are a lot of irrigation Pacific pivot era Gatien which can provide moisture, but it really wasn't the peak of the year Gatien season. So it's one that's sort of baffling to us as well. But I I know I went down to the Florida Florida state college football game a couple of weeks ago. And I was just stunned as I drove down from all Tallahassee. Just looking at all the pecan trees down. It was just unbelievable. Yeah. And that's one component of of these big catastrophe events that often gets overlooked, and that's the agricultural component. And you'll we're talking expected Eglise from Michael approaching five billion dollars. Not also includes you know, impacts to forestry, you know, in in the time of year that Michael hits, you know, they were getting ready to, you know, harvest, you know, peak season and all that stuff was was was highly exposed at risk. And you know, it's took a beating it's gonna take a while especially for the pecan pecan trees to grow back gaps. Absolutely now, let's let's shift over to the west coast because they've had their own record in destructive, weather and weather related events as well with the wildfires. I mean, we we had destructive wildfires the campfire and fires down near southern California as well. What was it about these fires that made them so destructive?.

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