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May 8, 2015

Below Normal Activity Expected for 2015 Hurricane Season

Earlier we told you about the Met Service’s radar which is down, and has been down since last year October. But even so, the Met Service is doing its thing, and as it does every year, provided the media with the predictions for the Hurricane Season which opens in a few weeks. Chief Met Officer Dennis Gonguez told us that there’s nothing alarming about the outlook, but warns that that’s certainly no reason to be complacent.

 

Dennis Gonguez, Chief Met Officer

“The outlook for the 2015 Hurricane Season indicates that we can expect below normal activity. The forecast is for between seven to eleven named systems…between three to four becoming hurricanes and major hurricanes…between one and two. The average is twelve names systems, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. So we can see that the forecast is for well below average activity. This is caused by the development of a moderate El Nino in the Pacific Ocean which puts a damper on our hurricane season this side, and in addition we are looking at lower sea surface temperatures over the Atlantic Basin, Atlantic Ocean, so we are looking at a season that would be well below average. However, I must caution that these numbers do not indicate where the systems would make landfall, so we have to be prepared. We have to stress on that preparedness matter.”

 

Dennis Gonguez

Reporter

“What about the possibilities of any coming actually before the start of the season?”

 

Dennis Gonguez

“Well there’s a system developing off the Southeastern United States which is being monitored, so there’s a possibility that possibility could become a sub-tropical system heading towards the north.”

 

In related news, even though this hurricane season has not started, a system, Sub-Tropical Storm Ana is meandering off the north and South Carolina coasts through this weekend bringing bands of rain, gusty winds, very rough surf and coastal flooding.

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