Quiet Hurricane Season Credited To Drowsy El Nino


The 2015 hurricane season is officially over and the Territory thankfully has experienced another storm free year.

The season runs from June 1 to November 30, and this year approximately 11 storms formed and apart from some light rainfall there was no negative effect on the BVI.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center issued the annual estimates for the hurricane season forecasting a 90 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season.

The 90 percent probability of a below-normal season, was the highest confidence level given by NOAA since seasonal hurricane outlooks began in 1998. It was assumed that the El Nino’s  somnolence in the Atlantic contributed to the quiet season.

Although forecasters predicted 11 named storms this year, only four of those storms formed hurricanes. The Bahamas felt the wrath of hurricane Joaquin  which was Category four to five.