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Hurricane Season 2008 June 1, 2008

Posted by cdquarles in Miscellaneous.
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The hurricane season for 2008 has begun for the Atlantic Basin. The season for the Eastern Pacific began two weeks ago. The first named storms have formed for both basins. A La-Nina year reduces the numbers for the Eastern Pacific basin and, since the two basins are complementary, increases the Atlantic’s numbers. Once you reach the threshold sea surface temperature of 25C, the most important factors for tropical system development are the wind field patterns. Tropical systems form easiest with light winds and no shear aloft. Last year’s wind profiles were unfavorable. We’ll see what this year’s will bring.

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