(Dive Travel Business News - August 9, 2010) -- The first two months of the 2010 hurricane season only saw three named storms in the Atlantic basin, yet National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week reiterated its early June forecast that it could still end up being one of more active hurricane season on record in the region.
NOAA's updated forecast for 2010 calls for 14 to 20 named storms in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Of those named storms, 8 to 12 should become hurricanes, including 4 to 6 "major" hurricanes, with wind speeds above 111 mph, NOAA reports. An average Atlantic hurricane season sees 11 named storms, including six hurricanes, with two becoming major hurricanes.
Tropical storms are given a name when wind speeds reach 39 mph, and are upgraded to hurricane status when sustained winds reach 74 mph.
(Dive Travel Business News - June 7, 2010) -- Hurricane Season is in its first week and reports are in that the first Eastern Pacific Hurricane could cross over to the Gulf of Mexico. While forecasters predict there is only a 10% chance that this hurricane could hit the Oil Spill reason, the question remains - what happens when a hurricane hits the oil spill?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has prepared a Hurricane & The Oil Spill FAQ to address the very real question. According to NOAA, the good news is that the high winds and seas will mix and “weather” the oil which can help accelerate the biodegradation process. Also, a hurricane passing to the east of the slick could drive the oil away from the coast. The bad news is that a hurricane passing west of the slick could drive the oil spill to the coast line. read more »
(Weather.com - Nov 10, 2009) -- The year 2009 will go into the record books as a very uneventful hurricane season, except for late season Ida. There were 9 named storms (the average is 10), but only 3 became hurricanes (the average is 6). Two of the hurricanes became major hurricanes (the average is 2); Bill reached Category 4 intensity and Fred reached Category 3 intensity, while Ida reached Category 2 intensity. The list of nine named storms and two tropical depressions is shown below. read more »
(DiveTravelNewswire.com - Oct 19, 2009) - The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Rick has been downgraded from a Category 5 storm last week to a Category 1 storm.
According to the Associated Press, the center of the storm is expected to make landfall at the southern end of the peninsula by late Tuesday or early Wednesday and approaching the western coast of mainland Mexico by late Wednesday. A hurricane watch is out for Santa Fe southward on the west coast and from San Evaristo, Mexico, southward on the east coast, including Cabo San Lucas.
Winds are reported to have died down to 85 mph from their peak, which was 185 mph while Rick was a Category 5 storm last week. For more information on the destination, visit www.discoverbajacalifornia.com.