No hur­ri­canes – yet

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LI­HUE — No hur­ri­canes have ap­peared in the Central Pa­cific Ocean so far this sea­son, even though fore­cast­ers pre­dicted eight in May.

Mean­while, the United States’ East Coast has been ham­mered with hur­ri­canes.

And it all has to do with El Niño — or lack thereof, ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Derek Wroe.

“El Niño sup­presses (storm) devel­op­ment in the At­lantic, so cer­tainly the lack of El Niño means you tend to get more ac­tiv­ity,” Wroe said.

Pre-sea­son pre­dic­tions were that the North Central Pa­cific would ex­pe­ri­ence weak El Niño, which would have meant an in­crease in trop­i­cal cy­clone ac­tiv­ity.

With that po­ten­tial in mind, fore­cast­ers pre­dicted up to eight trop­i­cal storms for the sea­son, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

“That El Niño turned out not to be the case,” Wroe said, “and so far this sea­son there haven’t

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