Last Saturday over the Gulf of Mexico, something occurred that hasn't in 130 years: Nothing happened.
But "nothing" was significant. A hurricane hadn't formed over the Gulf of Mexico in 1,048 days as of Saturday, which became the longest drought since 1929-32, according to a report from Scientific American.
The last hurricane to form in the gulf was Hurricane Ingrid in 2013, a Category 1 storm that made landfall in Mexico.
In order for a storm to be classified a hurricane, wind speeds within the storm must exceed 74 mph. Rotating storms with wind speeds under 74 mph are classified as a tropical storm or tropical depression, several of which have formed during that time.
The drought, however, should not impact preparedness, according to Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center.
“Not having hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico doesn’t mean that people should become complacent or forget how to prepare for one,” Berg said in the report.
For the full report from Scientific American, click here.