Meteorologist: How weather affects people

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KHOU-TV meteorologist Chita Johnson visits with Matagorda County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Bensfield, left, and Matagorda Lockmaster Simon DeSoto Saturday during her visit to Bay City.

  Talk about weather irony – tropical storms were on the rise during Texas’ vicious three-year drought period of 2011-2014, while amid this year’s frequent rainfall the hurricane formation forecast is below average. 
   KHOU-TV Meteorologist Chita Johnson made that observation in an interview Saturday, when she was in Bay City greeting fans at Market Day as a guest of the LEPC. 
   “There were above-average storms when all the rain was below average,” she noted about the recent dry years. 
   El Nino is responsible for keeping the lid on hurricane formation, Johnson said, because it keeps the ocean equatorial waters cooler. 
   In active storm-formation years, the equatorial waters are warmer, which boosts the energy of a storm – the opposite effect of cooler waters, the meteorologist said. 
   “The cooler waters can’t sustain the energy” a major storm system requires, Johnson added. 
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