With the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner—officially beginning June 1 and ending November 30—there is no time like the present to prepare your fleet operations for the weather that Mother Nature might decide to throw your way.
It’s especially important, should an emergency weather event
It’s important to help ensure business continuity by keeping up with the Atlantic hurricane season outlook so you’ll have a better handle on what to expect. To that end, let’s look at what veteran meteorologists are forecasting for 2017, including the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and
The good news is the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season forecast, which was released in April from Colorado State University (CSU), calls for the number of named hurricanes and storms to be slightly below historical averages and less active than 2016.
According to the forecast prepared by the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project, 11 named storms, four
Contributing to the below-normal prediction is a possible El Niño pattern that forecasters say may limit the development of storms in the latter part of the season.
El Niño is characterized by warmer temperatures in the central and eastern waters of the Pacific Ocean near the equator. The warming tends to produce wind shear and sinking air that is hostile to either the development or maintenance of tropical cyclones. So, if El Niño conditions do develop, which the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) puts at 50 percent chance from August through December, the forecast of fewer storms could ring true.
But be warned. While hurricane season is officially June through November, with August,
In fact, just last year, Mother Nature surprised everyone with Hurricane Alex, the first Atlantic hurricane to strike in January since Hurricane Alice made landfall in 1955. And for an encore in late May, she sent Tropical Storm Bonnie, a persistent tropical cyclone that brought heavy rains and flooding to the Southeast.
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