Atlantic hurricane season to be strongest since 2012
Santo Domingo.- This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the strongest since 2012 due in part to the expected end of the El Niño, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast on Thursday.
Reuters reports from New York that NOAA also expects more storms forming in the Atlantic than in recent years due to weaker vertical wind shear, less powerful trade winds over the central tropical Atlantic and a stronger West African monsoon.
“NOAA said it expected a 70-percent chance of 12 to 17 named storms in the 2016 hurricane season, of which five to eight would become hurricanes, including two to four major ones,” the international wire service reports on its website.
NOAA’s latest forecast was above that in May, when it predicted a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms, four to eight hurricanes and one to four major hurricanes for the current season compared with seasonal averages of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes, Reuters reports, adding that the 2015 hurricane season was quieter, with 11 named storms, including four hurricanes, of which two were major, according to federal data.
Aug 13, 2016
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