Experts predict fewer major Florida storms this year than normal

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the good news is forecasters predict that this year’s hurricane season will produce fewer storms than normal. Of course, the bad news is that few things in life are less reliable than weather predictions.

Forecasters are hedging their bets this year because of uncertainty over the Pacific weather phenomenon commonly known as El Niño. If conditions change, El Niño could help produce another active storm season, much like last year’s when a pair of destructive storms struck Florida.

“It’s still quite uncertain,” said an atmospheric sciences professor who helps create an annual storm forecast. He adds that though ocean temperatures off of South America are warm, it remains difficult to know in spring if El Niño will form this fall.

When ocean temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific become warmer than average, it creates high-altitude winds that serve to reduce the ability of Atlantic hurricanes to form and strengthen. So if El Niño creates conditions as scientists expect, Atlantic storm formation should be curtailed.

Storm season doesn’t begin until June 1. Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project predicts that there will be four hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) and two major storms this year.

Category 3 means winds of at least 111 mph, more than forceful enough to wreak damage to people and property.

The Colorado State group says there will be 11 storms that get names this year. Of course, we have already had one in the Atlantic: Arlene, which lasted only three days and did not make land.

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