The hurricane season resumes in the Atlantic

04 June, 2018, 13:47 | Author: Rachel Logan
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Hurricanes Irma and Maria accentuated problems that were already latent in areas that they blasted with storm surges and more-than-200 kilometer per hour winds.

The prediction is in line with a forecast produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which was announced in May at the NOAA Hurricane Hunter's headquarters in Lakeland.

Hurricane season officially starts today, June 1, and with it comes constant checking of the weather and the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when storm "developments" start taking shape. One to four of those could actually develop into "major" hurricanes, which means Category 3 strength or higher.

CNN has the full story here.

A number of factors go into what we can expect over the next six months, including El Nino or La Nina taking form, as well as ocean and atmospheric parameters.

"We have decreased our forecast and now believe that 2018 will have approximately average activity", states the university's report.

Climate scientists agree: hurricanes are changing for the worse - becoming windier, wetter, and more powerful than ever.

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That busy season could spur more consumer interest in the storm preparedness tax holiday, an event in its infancy compared with the state's longstanding back-to-school tax holiday, a almost annual event since 1998. This represents severity in a range between normal and near-normal for a hurricane season.

But the widespread devastation it left in its wake and the long-lasting toll it took on the island's infrastructure were unparallelled elsewhere in the United States during the 2017 season.

This is the 35th year that the CSU hurricane research team has issued the Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecast.

Last season, the Atlantic saw 17 named storms, with 10 turning into hurricanes, breeding six major category storms, of course including Irma.

They have until January 1, 2019, to get backup-power equipment installed and inspected, which means many may lack the state-mandated backup power for air conditioning during the current hurricane season. Remember, it only takes ONE major hurricane to make for a memorable season. NWS data indicates that intensity predictions, which are based on wind speed, have consistently hovered around 10 knots at the one-day before landfall mark, with a slight decline at the two-day mark since 1990. Waters near and west of the Azores are running 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 degrees Celsius) cooler than this time past year, a feature likely to suppress storm activity. "Farther east and storms typically re-curve over the Atlantic", Gerbush said.

"If we once again have to wait 50 days for the US Corps of Engineers to reach Puerto Rico, then we have not learned anything", Rossello said this week as he announced the plan.

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