— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) August 20, 2018
What a difference a year makes! In June, NOAA had forecast an active hurricane season for 2018. This was not good news. Last year was devastating storms. Houston is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey of last year, and Puerto Rico is not ready for another storm like Hurricane Maria.
But the current outlook in the Atlantic is quiet. There are several reasons for this, according to Weather.com.
cooler water in the Atlantic
drier air over the Atlantic
high wind shear keeps storms from forming
Last year at this time was the beginning of a very active period, lasting into October. There were 10 tropical storms and hurricanes–including Harvey, Irma and Maria.
You can read my post from last year here.
The Western Pacific is another story. Waters in the Pacific are warmer,than last year, and there are signs of an El Niño this winter.The latest storm, Lane is approaching Hawaii.
The tropical Atlantic remains quiet but we’re monitoring more action in the Pacific. Hurricane Lane is forecast to approach the Hawaiian Islands late this week. Tropical Storm and/or Hurricane Watches may be required for Parts of Hawaii later today.https://t.co/fM7aTXnEsz pic.twitter.com/HAd6QvGdxY
— NWS (@NWS) August 20, 2018