Countdown to Hurricane Season 2014: What to Expect for the Next 6 Months

By: yahoo201027 , 5:24 PM GMT on May 03, 2014

We are now at least 1 Month away from the upcoming Hurricane Season in the Tropics, and what we learned from last year, be careful what you predict for this year. First off, the naming list for the 2014 Season.

For the Atlantic, the names are reused from the 2008 Hurricane Season with the exception of 3 names. Gonzalo, Isaias, and Paulette replaces Gustav, Ike, and Paloma from the 2008 Season. Gonzalo replaces Gustav, a Category 3 storm, made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2, causes New Orleans in a panic frenzy just 3 years after Katrina made landfall and flooded about 80% of the New Orleans area. Isaias replaces Category 4 Hurricane Ike, recently replaced Isidore in the 2002 Season, Ike made a monster landfall at almost Category 3 strength in the Houston/Galveston Area. Bolivar Peninsula was the hardest hit in the storm. And Paulette replaces Paloma after making a mess in Cuba, causes heavy damage and minimal fatalities. These names were never to be used again.

Amanda is the only replaced name in the 2014 Naming List for Alma in the 2008 Season. Alma is only a Tropical Storm at landfall but it made major damage in Central America, causing floods and mudslides. Remnants of Alma spawns across the Central American Region and became Tropical Storm Arthur, the first storm of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

As we get ready for the Hurricane Season, some improvements are being made. If you live in Tampa, Florida Area, basically the Southern Part of the City Area, New Storm Surge Maps have show that now, if you live in the Dark Red area, prepare now. 

Anyway, Time for the Hurricane Predictions. And this year's Hurricane Season is what is suppose to be a below average season. The Weather Channel predicted 11 named storms, 5 will become hurricanes, and 2 will become major. Then came Colorado State University with 9 named storms, 3 will become hurricanes, and 1 will become major. Then came mine, with 9-12 named storms, 3-5 will become hurricanes, and 1-3 will become major. We're still waiting for NOAA's prediction.

And one key factor will play out during the Hurricane Season, and it's the Spanish word for "boy," El Nino. The weather pattern cause waters in the Pacific to warm up, and warm waters fuel tropical storms to strengthen. What does it mean? Pacific gets busy while Atlantic stays quiet. But what if the El Nino pattern crosses to the Atlantic? Potato Potahto. You'll wait and see.

As we'll wait for the official result for the Hurricane Season, and NOAA's prediction, we have to wait for further updates to come. But for now, be prepared, have a kit, and get insurance, but with the company you truly trust. So yeah, we'll wait for the result during the season.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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