CBS 4 Chief Meteorologist Bryan Hale:

“El Niño could weaken, leading to more hurricanes”

Two months into hurricane season, and so far only two named storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean. However, more storms could be on the horizon. CBS 4 Chief Meteorologist Bryan Hale: "As the temperatures start to drop in the Pacific, then we see more hurricane development.”

The phenomenon is known as El Niño, and it has made its impacts felt so far in 2019 by limiting tropical development. But as El Niño wanes, it could make for a busy few months to close the year.

The end of this cycle could come at the most opportune time for the tropics to blossom - at the peak of hurricane season, which around the end of August to early September. "When you combine the apex of our season with a waning El Niño, we really need to keep our radar up and looking at the tropics to see the next forming tropical system."

That means keeping our eyes peeled to the ocean and getting ourselves ready if the worst should arrive.

"We ought to be thinking about flood insurance, we ought to be thinking about homeowners insurance. That's the long-range plan. Let's hope that even if El Niño pulls back, all we do is fulfill the forecast or less."


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