It is two months into hurricane season and it’s already been quite busy.
So far, three storms have formed in the Central Pacific, Ela, Halola, and Iune.
None have caused major damage to Hawaii, but meteorologists continue to keep watch especially because we are in an El Nino weather pattern.
“We would anticipate that as the conditions that are favorable for these storms to develop, and as we go through the rest of the season, we will see this continued activity,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Brenchley. “We have warm above normal sea service temperatures. Those warm temperatures provide more fuel for the thunderstorms which starts the development of tropical storms and hurricanes.”
With conditions that are ripe for tropical cyclones to form, could we see more than the predicted five to eight? “The prediction remains five to eight cyclones,” said Brenchley. “so an above normal season certainly. There have been El Nino season when we have had 10 or more.”
That’s why preparing in advance is key. “During an El Nino, with the activity that we expect, we just want to make sure that everybody is aware of how to get the info and is prepared to act if we get threatened,” said Brenchley. “There is no island that is immune to tropical cyclones.”
While three named storms have formed in the Central Pacific, two other tropical storms have formed in the Eastern Pacific then crossed over into the Central Pacific.