There are no named storms during today’s peak of the Atlantic hurricane season — the first time since 1992, forecasters say.
The season, which has featured four named storms in the Atlantic basin, has been “fairly quiet,” according to a tweet from the National Weather Service Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center.
The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring two disturbances — one near the Bahamas and the other in the central Atlantic Ocean off Africa — with the latter much more likely to develop over five days (70% compared to 20%).
Sept 10. is the day when historically the maximum amount of convection and minimal amount of shear are found in the Atlantic basin, leading to the best chance of tropical system development, The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore said in a broadcast Tuesday night.
In August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an updated Atlantic basin forecast, calling for a higher likelihood of a below-normal hurricane season.
“We are more confident that a below-normal season will occur because atmospheric and oceanic conditions that suppress cyclone formation have developed and will persist through the season,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.
The specific factors influencing the change to the forecast include:
Despite the current lack of activity, residents along the Eastern seaboard should remain vigilant, Gerry Bell, lead hurricane forecaster for the U.S. Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, told Bloomberg.
Bell said that people need to remain prepared since the season is not over.