Forecasters expect “below average” hurricane season

hurricaneResearchers from Colorado State University released April 10 their annual prediction for Atlantic hurricane activity, and they expect a “below average” season for 2014. The 36-page report was prepared by research scientist Philip J. Klotzbach and Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science William M. Gray.

The report cited two factors that contributed to the forecast. First, a moderately strong El Nino is expected to develop this summer, and it is often credited with limiting tropical storm development. Second, the waters of the tropical Atlantic have cooled over the past few months. Warm water temperatures help to create favorable conditions for the development and strengthening of tropical cyclones.

However, researchers included in the report a few words of warning to those who live in hurricane prone areas. “Despite the quiet forecast, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They are reminded to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much or how little activity is predicted.”

Read more in the April 17 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.


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