Rising heat in the equatorial Pacific Ocean portends the quietest Atlantic hurricane season in five years, Colorado State University researchers said.
The National Weather Service is set to start repairing 70 towering buoys used to track El Nino and La Nina patterns, whose damage has led scientists to warn the accuracy of forecasts is in danger.
Colorado State University, which pioneered seasonal hurricane forecasting 30 years ago, may have issued its last prediction.
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is humbling forecasters by shaping up as the first in almost two decades without a major storm, confounding predictions that it would be more active than normal.
Colorado State University researchers raised their expectations for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season to 13 named storms, just above average.
A cooler Atlantic Ocean will probably produce 10 named storms in the hurricane season that begins June 1, about half last year’s total, according to researchers at Colorado State University.
August is about to end without an Atlantic hurricane for the first time since 2002, calling into question predictions of a more active storm season than normal.
Tropical Storm Richard developed in the waters of the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras on a projected track that will take it ashore on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early next week, the National Hurricane Center said.
Colorado State University researchers predict an above-average storm season for the Atlantic in 2011, forecasting at least 17 named storms and nine hurricanes, five of them major.
The Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close today after producing 19 named storms for the third year in a row, an above-normal year with a damage toll that’s still being tallied.
"Over the years, Dr. Gray has actually put in about $500,000 of his own money to keep the forecast going."
- Phil Klotzbach on Nov 21, 2013