El Nino responsible
THE EL NINO effect currently being experienced has contributed to the below normal 2014 Hurricane Season which has been predicted.
Speaking at a press briefing to mark the start of the season,executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Ronald Jackson, explained that the El Nino effect causes warmer tropical and pacific temperatures, and that the heavy wind share “tends to cut down hurricane-type activities”.
However, Jackson is still advocating a high level of vigilance since it only takes one storm to result in “tremendous” setback.
There is a 70 per cent forecast for 10 named systems, with five likely to develop into hurricanes. Four of those five are expected to become category three to five hurricanes. (YB)