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Apr 21, 2017

Rest of season should be quiet, say weather experts

Over the past few days, we have been experiencing unseasonable rains.  According to forecaster Derrick Rudon, the 2017 hurricane season will be below average with fewer named storms and hurricanes.

 

Derrick Rudon, Forecaster, National Met Service

“The list that… I don’t have the list in my mind but Arlene is the first one off the list and the forecast, the preliminary forecast for the hurricane season, it is for a slightly below average season.  So they are expecting instead of twelve named storms, eleven.  Instead of six hurricanes, four and major hurricanes there are still expected too.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Over the past few days we have received some heavy rainfall that would be considered unusual for this time of year.  Is there anything that can be attributed to this particular anomaly?”

 

Derrick Rudon

Derrick Rudon

“I wouldn’t want to blame everything on climate change because there is climate variability.  So while it is unusual it has happened before and the system was basically an upper level low that was in the Gulf of Mexico and then a surface draft that was over the northwest Caribbean Sea.  So the moisture increased, instability increased and hence we had the rains.”

 

The hurricane season spans from June to November.

 

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