So much of the news is related to the urgency of climate change that it seems as though the world might end at any second. However, experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that our demise won’t be brought about by a hurricane, or at least not during the 2015 hurricane season. Warming oceans and increased Co2 levels in the atmosphere create a pretty horrid combination, which has cooked up some of the deadliest hurricanes in the planet’s history. However, experts promise that in 2015, we won’t see any storms capable of causing the same level of damage brought on by hurricanes in the past, like Katrina in 2005. This, of course, is great news for those who live in coastal U.S. cities. and remember the devastation.
How slow is 2015 hurricane season really going to be?
The 2015 hurricane season is going to be exceptionally slow says NOAA, who represents the authority on all things weather related. Based on their measurements, the NOAA predicts a 90% chance of a below normal hurricane season, leaving most feeling at ease. However, previous hurricane seasons have resulted in disastrous storms, and accordingly, some never let their guard down.
The importance of remaining prepared even with promises of a slow season
Although the NOAA consists of experts in the field of weather science, even the researchers know that they aren’t always right about everything storm related. Lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s climate change prediction center, Gary Bell Ph.D., describes the need to remain prepared during the 2015 hurricane season no matter what, “Tropical storms and hurricanes can and do strike the United States, even in below-normal seasons and during El Niño events. Regardless of our call for below-normal storm activity, people along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts should remain prepared and vigilant, especially now that the peak months of the hurricane season have started.” Staying prepared no matter what could be the key to surviving in a world where climate change promises to stir up unpredictable weather patterns.
Does this mean that hurricane seasons are going to be slow from now on?
These predictions in no way mean that the hurricane season, or extreme weather in general, is going to slow down in the coming years. This could be the final slow hurricane season that the U.S. experiences due to the severity of climate change driving drastic changes in the earth’s weather patterns.