by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Weather forecasters are concerned this year’s hurricane season may be among the worst ever as the first-named tropical storm of 2020 brushed past North Carolina yesterday. Forecasters are seeing climate conditions similar to those of 2005, when Hurricane Katrina killed 1,800 people in New Orleans, Bloomberg Green reported.
In an interview with Bloomberg Green about the conditions in question, head meteorologist at Energy Weather Group, Jim Rouiller, said: “All the puzzle pieces are in place, no matter how I slice and dice it. It gives me higher than normal confidence this year will mimic a hyperactive hurricane season, and that is what 2005 was.”
Tropical storms develop and grow in warm water and, according to Rouiller, “exceptionally warm waters in the Atlantic” could generate a “record-breaking year.” Rouiller added that in the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico there is currently “a huge pool of high-octane fuel that is sitting in wait for hurricane season.”
Among other indicators, including the early arrival of Arthur itself, forecasters are closely monitoring two climate situations that may strengthen storms. The first, Rouiller said in his interview with Bloomberg Green, is the Madden-Julian Oscillation. This is an eastward-moving disturbance of clouds, rain, winds, and pressure that is likely to send atmospheric energy pulses across the Atlantic and generate an outbreak of storms. The second is the build-up of warm water between Brazil and Africa. Speaking to Bloomberg Green, Ryan Truchelut of Weather Tiger explained this warm water could travel northward and heat up an area between the Caribbean and Cabo Verde, where some of the deadliest storms have formed.
As regards the possible number of storms this year, AccuWeather Inc. forecasts that up to 18 storms could be named as they reach tropical storm status. That is much a higher number of powerful storms than the 30-year average of 12, Bloomberg Green reported.
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