NWS-NHC Photo: Hurricane Arthur, a Category 2 storm, makes landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina at 11:15 p.m. on July 3, 2014. Arthur was the first major hurricane to hit the United States mainland since Hurricane Isaac in August 2012, according to http://www.weather.gov.
Colorado State University tropical meteorology and hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach predicts the 2015 Atlantic Basin hurricane season will be “a below average hurricane season.”
“We’re going to be seeing a below average hurricane season primarily due to a combination of El Nino developing in the tropical Pacific, as well as a cooler than normal tropical ring,” Dr. Klotzbach said. The preview forecast was posted March 31, 2015 on YouTube. Dr. Klotzbach is the lead author of the seasonal forecasts and works with Dr. William Gray, renowned hurricane researcher at CSU.
Dr. Klotzbach will discuss the 2015 hurricane forecast, landfall probabilities in more detail and climate change at the 29th Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference on Friday, May 15th at 10:30 a.m. in Orlando, Florida. The hurricane conference will be at the Rosen Shingle Creek from Sunday, May 10 – Friday, May 15, 2015. Hurricane season starts June 1st.
For more than a decade, major hurricanes have mostly bypassed Florida. During the lull, more people have moved to the state. Along with declining budgets, changing priorities, loss of experienced staff and growing public complacency, the hurricane conference hopes to prompt everyone to ask themselves, “Am I ready? and “Do we need to Re-think our Resilience?”
The governor’s hurricane conference will bring together federal, state, county and local emergency officials, first responders and non-profit volunteers to prepare for hurricane season.
For more information and registration, go to http://www.flghc.org
Source: News Release, Ann Rowe-Media Coordinator