Hurricane forecasting experts have been greatly disappointed with only having three named storms for the Atlantic Basin hurricane season, and not one since July 2, as nature has proven once again to be unpredictable. This is quite embarrassing for forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, which in May had predicted above-average hurricane activity for this year.
In fact, the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is off to its quietest start in 30 years. Adding to the experts’ doom and gloom of a quiet season is the strong possibility that this month could be just the third August since 1961, and the first since 1997, without a named storm.
God controls the weather: “He draws up drops of water, distilling it to rain and mist. When the clouds pour down; they drop their rain on all of humanity.” Job 36:27-28
Climate scientists are baffled with this season’s calm, as it follows 2021, the third-most active season (with 21 named storms), and 2020, the most active season (with 30 named storms). This is the first season in seven years that there wasn’t a named storm before the June 1 start of hurricane season. Obviously, the oft-touted “climate change” by our government that has been threatening to bring cataclysmic storms to our doorsteps is not happening.
In May, forecasters noting the unusually warm water in the Gulf of Mexico were quite worried about what they call the Loop Current, which is a current of warm tropical water looping in the Gulf. That warm water has the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes. When a tropical storm passes over the Loop Current, it can explode in strength as it draws energy from the warm water. But, so far, nothing has materialized as predicted, and even a pair of western Gulf tropical disturbances failed to develop over the past two weekends.
However, with NOAA’s August report, experts are predicting that the quiet won’t last long and are warning of an above-average hurricane season. “I urge everyone to remain vigilant as we enter the peak months of hurricane season,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The experts at NOAA will continue to provide the science, data and services needed to help communities become hurricane resilient and climate-ready for the remainder of hurricane season and beyond.”
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