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Understanding the Bermuda High’s Effects On a Hurricane


Are you ready for the storm of a lifetime? With Hurricane Florence officially making landfall you might be wondering how a hurricane takes its direction. (And why it might be coming yours.)The passing of a hurricane from one area to another is called hurricane propagation. The speed and path of the storm are guided by strong global winds that can change the game at any given time.

Mother Nature Takes Control

Trade winds and several other factors determine where a hurricane goes after forming in the tropics.

85% of severe Atlantic storms are carried from the shoreline of Africa and travel west towards the Northern American coasts and the Caribbean Sea. Trade winds are embedded with high and low-pressure systems that can cause hurricanes to venture off from their original east to west travels, steering them north instead.

The Bermuda High (also known as Azores High) is a high-pressure system that often dominates the North American coast. Atlantic hurricanes ride alongside the strongest of winds in the Bermuda High. If high-pressures are based in the east, hurricanes will generally move northeast into the Atlantic Ocean without causing landfall.

Storms are blocked from traveling north when high-pressure winds are positioned west and travel south. Hurricanes will thrust westward with a vengeance. Florida, Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico become the new targets.

Beta drifts affect a hurricane’s ability to change its wind field. If the wind field travels out of the tropics and heads north, it often weakens and slows the storm down. Once it enters mid-latitudes and travels north it will likely encounter a jet stream that causes it to forcefully accelerate. This is especially true if it travels alongside warm ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream. Barring that, wind shear and cold ocean water usually prevent a hurricane from surviving north of the tropics.

Keep Your Eye On the Storm

Hurricanes are unpredictable forces of nature with sharp curves and hairpin turns. The best thing you can do if a storm is headed in your direction is to evacuate as quickly as possible, taking whatever prized possessions you can. Be prepared to discover devastating aftermath after the storm passes. Roof damage and roof leakage are pretty much a given.

Heritage Construction Stands Strong

Heritage Construction specializes in storm damage restoration. We understand the wrath of mother nature and we’ll take you under our wing and work directly with your insurance company for repairs. If you’ve experienced roof or structural damage after a storm, contact us for a free roof inspection.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those on the East Coast as they brace for Hurricane Florence.

 

 

Heritage Construction Co. Roofing and Restoration Specialists

5 Reasons Your Roof Needs Fall Maintenance

Temperatures are cooling off and that means football, pumpkin lattes, and long weekends spent nestled indoors relaxingNot so fast. As the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, you’ll need to plan ahead and maintain the integrity of your roof before the blustery winter winds and storms come.

These are the 5 reasons it’s time to fall in love with your roof this season and prepare your home or commercial property for what lies ahead.

(Because there’s always something!)

5 Reasons Your Roof Needs Some Love in the Autumn

Assess Seasonal Damage

Spring and summer can wreak havoc on your roof thanks to heavy wind and rainstorms. If you haven’t been up on the roof since you hung the lights at Christmas, who knows what shape it’s been in since. Whether it’s debris that’s busy composting on your shingles or the discovery of unsealed cracks that will allow the pests in, it’s better to check out potential seasonal damage and make repairs before those repairs end up costing more.

It’s Cooler

By the time autumn rolls around most everyone is ready for a break from the heat, including professional roof contractors. Fall is the perfect time to install new roof shingles because the cooler temps are ideal for the thermal sealing of asphalt shingle installation. When Old Man Winter knocks on the door, your shingles will be firmly set.

Improved Insulation

If you want to optimize your home and ensure it is energy efficient, autumn roof repair can help you save money by adding better insulation to your home. That means when you start kicking on the thermostat to heat things up, your money won’t go through the roof. (Get it?)

Brittle Shingles Break

Working with dried out and brittle shingles is no pleasant task. Instead of using nail guns to affix shingles to the roof, professionals often have to hammer down the shingles and this means more time, more money, more waste, and even a bigger headache for anyone paying for or working with shingles in cold temperatures. Stop the insanity and get those shingles installed when the time and weather conditions are ideal for preventing shingle breakage.

Storms Are Coming

Depending on your region you can expect winter storms are coming. Whether it be heavy rains, wind or snowfall, roof damage is even more likely to occur if yours has pre-existing conditions that need maintenance. By tending to these problems now you can prevent the additional expense of roof repairs from winter damage. Who really wants a leaky roof in the middle of a hailstorm?

Schedule a Free Roof Inspection

Still not sure you need fall roof maintenance? Don’t rule it out. These 5 reasons you need roof maintenance are more than enough to prove fall is the right time to prepare your home for the colder days ahead. Schedule a free roof inspection today and don’t delay. Contact Heritage Construction for all your roofing needs and repairs, and hey…take a break. We got this! (Don’t forget the latte.)