It may seem premature to talk about tropical weather with a long, chilly winter barely behind us and Hurricane Season a month and a half away. Still, the topic has been in the air among forecasters and emergency management specialists, with the National Tropical Weather Conference concluding in South Padre Island and the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Some of the buzz this spring has been around the topic of preseason hurricane forecasting. As you may know, the famous team of Drs. Klotzbach and Gray are predicting a below average season (in terms of total number of storms) this year as El Niño develops later this summer. You may also know that preseason forecasts were fairly far off the mark last year, with a very active season predicted.