Hurricane Season---August 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

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.



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  • Thank you for a great update. The lack of storms in the Atlantic should be a bigger story than it is, but as usual, the lack of something doesn't get the attention it should. Meanwhile, let's hope that the Pacific doesn't get the drubbing that the Atlantic did last year.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading. Yes, the big news is the wildfires--and the smoke! And Hurricane Lane is a Category 4 hurricane heading for Hawaiian Islands.

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