The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins Monday, June 1st. Even though the 'official start' is a few days away, we've already had our first tropical system of the season. Remember Tropical Storm Ana?
- Tropical Storm Ana - NASA
Ana made landfall, as a tropical storm, along the South Carolina coast on Sunday, May 10th - Mother's Day. Ana was the second earliest landfalling tropical storm on record in the Atlantic.
As of this writing, there are no storms the National Hurricane Center is watching in the Atlantic.
- National Hurricane Center
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released its 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, Wednesday, forecasting a below-average hurricane season. Here are the numbers:
“The main factor expected to suppress the hurricane season this year is El Niño, which is already affecting wind and pressure patterns, and is forecast to last through the hurricane season,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “El Niño may also intensify as the season progresses, and is expected to have its greatest influence during the peak months of the season. We also expect sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic to be close to normal, whereas warmer waters would have supported storm development.”
As always, stay with your StormWatch7 weather team with for all tropical updates. The National Hurricane Center is unveiling a new storm surge graphic. This graphic will highlight storm surge hazard and will help warn indiviuals of risks to life and property. Here is a sample of the new graphic:
- New National Hurricane Center Graphic
Peak hurricane season doesn't arrive until August, but now is the time to prepare for tropical hazards, so you're not caught off guard in the future.
Oh, and wondering if a troipcal storm or hurricane will be named after you this season? Here's a list of the 2015 names:
- 2015 Hurricane Names