It’s hurricane season again with new forecast awaited

The country is just 11 days from the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The season already is six days old in the Pacific.

June 1 is the traditional date for the Atlantic. The season runs until Nov. 30, although hurricanes and tropical storms can develop at any time. The official start in the Pacific is May 15, and already the U.S. National Hurricane Center has activated its reports, The center shows a broad area of low pressure located several hundred miles south southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, with the probability of developing into anything serious of about 10 percent.

Most Pacific hurricanes veer to the west and are less troubling to Costa Rica and the Atlantic variety. Although hurricanes seldom make landfall in Costa Rica, the lengthy arms of the storm can cause serious damage.

Much awaited is the latest prediction by Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray at Colorado State University. So far they have said that they anticipate that the 2014 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have below-average activity compared with the 1981-2010 average. They said they also anticipate a below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. The new forecast is due June 2.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also is expected to produce a forecast in the next few days.

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