Tropical Storm Henri Forms As We Hit The Peak Of Hurricane Season
Today marks the statistical peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. So far this season has been about what forecasters expected. There have been eight named storms. The latest being Tropical Storm Henri which spun up just east of Bermuda less than 24 hours ago.
The good news is that none of the systems have really been that strong nor have they had a huge impact on any major land mass. There have only been two hurricanes this season. The rest of the systems have been held to tropical storm status.
Eric Blake is a Hurricane Specialist with the National Hurricane Center and he spoke to the Louisiana Radio Network about the season so far.
One of those hurricanes lasted for less than a day, so really, the stronger storms we haven't seen much of them. If you look at a combined duration and strength of all of the activity, we're still below normal.
What does forecaster Blake see looking ahead for the remainder of the season?
Right now there is a fair amount of wind shear and dry air across the basin, which is good. But we can only see for about the next five days out and beyond that it's kind of a mystery.
Blake did say that in typical El Nino years, which we are in the middle of one, late season storms are usually suppressed by the drier air and wind shear the El Nino effect has on the tropical Atlantic. While there are no guarantees with hurricanes it does look like the down side of the season could be as quiet as the climb to the peak.