Sunday, July 15, 2007

Hurricane Season

A large concern when booking a cruise is about hurricane season. The season officially starts on June 1st and runs thru November 30th. While rare, it is not impossible for a hurricane to happen out of season. While most hurricanes happen in the Atlantic, they also happen in the North East Pacific (off the coast of the United States and Mexico) as well. In the North West Pacific the storms are called Cyclones.

Given the quantity and severity of three of the last four previous seasons, the 2007 season is expected to be an active but not overactive one by one set of forecasters. Prior to the start of the season, the forecasters predicted 17 named storms for the Atlantic, with nine of them becoming hurricanes. Of the nine, five are predicted to be major (category 3 or higher). So far, for the months of May and June, there have been a total of two tropical storms in the Atlantic, and two in the Pacific. None of the four became hurricanes.

What does all this mean for the rest of the season? In 2006, a heavy season was expected but was not as bad as predicted. Hopefully, this season will not live up to its expectations as well.

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