The remnants of Hurricane Chris are headed out to sea, and now expectations for hurricane season are changing
In 2018, we’ve seen three named storms form early in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Chris and Hurricane Beryl.
But unlike last year, it’s looking like this might be a relatively calm Atlantic hurricane season.
That’s because ocean temperatures are cool, an El Niño might form in the Pacific, and there’s a lot of Saharan dust in the air.
Earlier in the year, there were some signs that we could be in for another intense Atlantic hurricane season.
Initial projections pegged the season as being likely to have slightly more storms than average — though 2017’s “extremely active” hurricane season began with a similar forecast.
Yet early signs of activity aside, projections for the rest of the hurricane season are changing, with experts now projecting a year that’s average or even below average in terms of activity.
First, a named storm, Subtropical Storm Alberto, showed up in May, a few days before hurricane season even officially kicked off.
Hurricanes Beryl and Chris both formed by July 10, the fourth time there had been two hurricanes by that date in the satellite era (since 1966). Beryl threatened Caribbean islands still recovering from hurricanes like Irma and Maria. Chris formed off the coast of the US, whipping up strong surf.
The remnants of Chris are now headed out to sea near Newfoundland, Canada, though the storm is still expected to create dangerous rip currents in the Northeast US on Thursday and Friday.
Chris had the lowest pressure — a measure of a storm’s intensity — for an Atlantic hurricane this early in the season since 2010’s Hurricane Alex, Colorado State University (CSU) meteorologist Philip Kotzbach said on Twitter. As Kotzbach also noted, this was the first time since 1906 that a storm as strong as Chris was so far north by …read more
Source:: Business Insider