No hurricanes – yet
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