Onamet on summer heat and hurricane season
The director of the National Meteorological Office (Onamet) Gloria Ceballos gives the bad news that the hot temperatures will continue and intensify as summer begins. She said that January to April have been the hottest months in recent years, and that the advent of summer will increase the heat. She said that in the past, temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius have been recorded for August and September and this could happen this year, given the trend in the spring months.
Furthermore, she reminded Dominicans that the Atlantic region hurricane season starts on 1 June 2016. Historically, most hurricanes have hit the Dominican Republic in September. She said the forecast is for a more active hurricane season this year than last year. The advance warning gives time to prepare for the big storms. The explanation is that the strong El Nino weather phenomenon is expected to weaken and transition to La Nina this fall, according to weather experts from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The ending of the El Nino period and beginning of La Nina favors the formation of hurricanes. Ceballos forecasts 13 or 14 tropical storms, of which six could reach hurricane category, including two major storms (of more than Category 3).
Abroad, the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released Thursday, 20 May 2016, from Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be near the 30-year historical average with 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes expected to hit the United States Atlantic coast this year.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
May 24, 2016
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