St. John’s Antigua- It’s June 1st. That means that for the next 5 months we will be in the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.
Well-known seasonal hurricane forecasters, Doctors Gray and Klotzbach of the Colorado State University(CSU), have predicted a below normal Hurricane Season with 10 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 2 major hurricannes.
This prediction is mainly based on, uncharacteristic cooling of the tropical Atlantic over the past several months, as well as a relatively high possibility of the currently weak La Nina event giving way to an El Nino event late into the season.
El Nino events, in general, are characterized by a decrease in tropical storm activity in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
The list of 10 named storms, though, doesn’t include the name Irene.