Nation was lucky during an active hurricane season

Costa Rica has passed though another Atlantic hurricane season with only moderate damage from flooding.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared the end to the 2012 season. Nov. 30 is the traditional end, but some later storms have sneaked in during past years. However, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, shows an Atlantic from the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean free of any low pressure areas, troughs or other disturbances.

And in Costa Rica the weather appears to be headed for an early dry season or summer. Monday was a day for sunglasses and tanning lotion even in the Central Valley where the mercury reached 30 C or about 86 F. In Liberia at Daniel Oduber airport, the temperature was even higher at 34.5 C or about 94 degrees F.

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season was one that produced 19 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The number of named storms is well above the average of 12, it said. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three, the agency added.

2012 was an active year, but not exceptionally so as there were 10 busier years in the last three decades, said the agency.

This season marks the second consecutive year that the mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffered devastating impacts from a named storm. Sandy, and Irene last year, caused fatalities, injuries, and tremendous destruction from coastal storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, and wind, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Storms struck many parts of the United States this year, including tropical storms Beryl and Debby in Florida, Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana, and post-tropical Cyclone Sandy in New Jersey.

An interesting aspect of the season was its early start, with two tropical storms, Alberto and Beryl, developing in May before the season officially began, said the agency. Also, this is the seventh consecutive year that no major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5) have hit the United States.

The only major hurricane this season was Hurricane Michael, a Category 3 storm that stayed over the open Atlantic, it added in a summary released Monday.

A persistent jet stream pattern over the eastern portion of the nation helped steer many of this season’s storms away from the United States, the agency said.

Meanwhile the Instituto Meteorological Nacional in Costa Rica says that the winds from the north will increase with some rain continuing in the central and south Pacific and on the Caribbean coast and in the northern zone.

There still remains the possibility of showers even in the northern Pacific and in the Central Valley.

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