Thursday, June 2, 2011
Active Hurricane Season Indicated
Apparently conditions are in place for a strong hurricane season this year, to add to our unbelievable winter and spring. 2011 is going down as the year in which Mother Nature pulled out all the stops and showed us once again what extremes she is capable of. We had gotten to forget all that for a couple of decades.
We now know again that blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes kill and you want to be nowhere near any of them. I wonder if anyone will ignore a mandatory evacuation notice these days.
Anyway all signals are go for an unrestrained season this year.
Forecasters warn of active hurricane season due to record warm water in Atlantic
By John Lewandowski, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – 22 hours ago
HALIFAX - Balmy water temperatures in the North Atlantic could fuel another active hurricane season, the Canadian Hurricane Centre warned Thursday.
Chris Fogarty, a forecaster with the centre, said sea surface temperatures remain at record warm levels, increasing the chance of powerful storms reaching
He said it's also unlikely the Pacific Ocean will be warm enough to create an El Nino — an effect that produces winds capable of preventing tropical storms from forming in the Atlantic.
"It seems unlikely that El Nino will develop ... we still have the very warm water temperature to contend with in the
said Fogarty at a 2011 storm season briefing.
"That is indicative of a generally more active season than normal, so we cannot let our guard down."
Fogarty said forecasters are also keeping their eye on an area of high pressure that could steer storms toward Atlantic
U.S. forecasters are predicting 12 to 18 named storms this year, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes — which are those packing winds of 176 kilometres per hour or more.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre doesn't issue long range forecasts.
"However, we do pay attention to ocean temperatures and the area of high pressure that's between
Florida and ," he
said. Nova Scotia
was pounded by two devastating storms last year. Canada
Hurricane Earl tracked right over
, bringing heavy rain and destructive
winds throughout the Maritimes. One man who tried to save a boat from being
damaged during the storm drowned west of Nova Scotia . Halifax
as a Category 1 hurricane with wind gusts of 140 km/h and 200 millimetres of
rain, causing one fatality and almost $200 million in damage. Newfoundland
The World Meteorological Organization has since removed Igor from its list of storm names. It is the second time Environment
has requested such a move,
coming after the removal of Juan nearly a decade ago. Canada
In September 2003, Hurricane Juan roared over the
area and through ,
causing $100 million in damage. It was blamed for at least eight deaths and was
the worst storm to hit Prince Edward Island
in more than 100 years. Halifax
Hurricane season generally runs from June 1 to the end of November.
The first three storms, should they develop, will carry the names Arlene, Brett and Cindy.
Andy Lathem, a spokesman for Nova Scotia's Emergency Management Office, said they count on early forecasts to do emergency storm planning.
"We not only benefit from their long range predictions but we also get detailed heads up information about potential storms," he said.
"We don't really mind if a hurricane decides to give
berth, but we want to be ready for it anyway." Nova Scotia