As temperatures are at their highest they have ever been here in San Diego the potential of a hurricane increases for the first time in over 160 years.
Since the beginning of August record high water temps have been recorded at the end of Scripps Pier in La Jolla for the first time since 1916.
On August 1st water temps reached 78.6 degrees fahrenheit. Researchers say that it is an all-time record.
“Under these conditions, the hurricanes that form in the southeast Pacific have a higher chance of tracking more northward and potentially affecting us," Said Art Miller, Ph.D., head of the Oceans and Atmosphere Section of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Miller adds that the chances a hurricane would directly hit San Diego are slim, but they could potentially drift upwards from Baja California because the unusually warm ocean waters in the area would fuel it.
“As it migrates more towards the north, it has the potential to keep its dynamic structure and produce rainfall events," added Miller.
Difference between a tropical storm and hurricane:
A tropical storm can be classified as having wind speeds of 39-73 miles per hour. A hurricane has wind speeds of 74 mph or greater.
There has only been one hurricane recorded in California history back in 1858.