Extreme hurricane season in the United States

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  • Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted
  • They ask people to prepare for the scourge of these phenomena
  • They prevent from 3 to 6 hurricanes higher than category 3, in full quarantine for coronavirus

Amid the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), they now announce that an extreme hurricane season is looming in the Atlantic, warns the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), according to the agency. from EFE news and the Huffpost news portal.

Given this news about weather forecasts in the coming months, a recommendation is made in advance and it is that they ask people to prepare for the arrival of these phenomena, since they will not be anything common and could generate some damage.

It is indicated that this hurricane and cyclone activity is planned for the Central Atlantic area, and it is predicted to be very active. This in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is added that the Atlantic hurricane season could be “extremely active”, with up to ten hurricanes, of which six could be very powerful, said the National Administration of Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA) of the United States on Thursday.

Experts from this agency released their forecasts for the Atlantic basin cyclone season, which officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30, on Thursday, and did not bring good news for the affected regions, especially in the Caribbean and southeast American.

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center forecast a likely range of 13 to 19 named tropical storms – winds of 63 kilometers per hour (km / h), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes, with winds of 119 km / h , of which 3 to 6 could lead to major hurricanes, that is, with maximum sustained winds of 178 km / h or more.

NOAA provides these ranges with 70% confidence and recalled that an average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major cyclones.

The meteorologist and hurricane specialist Gerry Bell indicated that, with these data in hand, they anticipate that it may be an “extremely active” season, although he did not dare to say whether it will reach the level of that of 2005, with which other experts They have compared it, and considered the worst of which there are records.

That year, in which several historical records were broken, is remembered by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans, and, together with Rita, Emily and Wilma, reached category 5 (winds of more than 252 km / h on the scale). Saffir-Simpson) that measures hurricanes by the intensity of their winds.

What Bell did assure is that everything points to that this year he will be above the average in recent years.

He bases this forecast on his expectation that the conditions of the El Niño phenomenon, which typically suppresses the activity of hurricanes in the Atlantic, remain neutral or that they lean towards La Niña, which usually enhances it.

Added to this are warmer than average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic and the Caribbean, along with reduced vertical wind shear, weaker tropical trade winds from the Atlantic and a higher monsoon in West Africa.

Bell indicated that another element to take into account about the potential dangers of the next season is that the increase in water temperatures due to climate change has produced a rise in sea level, which favors floods in coastal areas hit by the Hurricanes.

Therefore, the authorities urged residents not to wait to find out if they reside in a compulsory evacuation zone and to know the special conditions that this season will have when it occurs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which will make it difficult, for example, to provide shelter thousands of people in shelters, as in previous years.

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