The Atlantic hurricane season has been dubbed “the bad season” in 2018 because of its record warm waters and diminished wind shear. It will get even worse, experts predict
Fourteen tropical storms will form in the Atlantic basin this season, as well as one hurricane, according to forecasters at AccuWeather. These 12 tropical storms will produce a total of 19 hurricane-force and 13 hurricane-watch related coastal watches and warnings, the group predicts. The season officially runs from 1 June to 31 November.
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The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has been branded “the bad season” in 2018 because of its record warm waters and diminished wind shear, the factors that deter storms. One component, “slobster” waters, in some areas reached 120C this year.
“While hurricanes tend to start as disturbances and develop into features, a strong hurricane needs a substantial shear source. This season will start out with an unusual number of troughs and ridges along the east coast. The development of instability in these troughs and ridges will play a pivotal role in hurricane formation,” said Mark DeVol, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
According to some models, there could be a record number of storms across the Atlantic, with AccuWeather predicting 16 named storms for the full season. With some storms, like Florence, developing well into the hurricane season, an average of 11 named storms (four hurricanes) is expected.