The initial forecast for the Atlantic this year includes two or three hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.
MERIDA — The National Hurricane Center of Miami (from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA) in its initial forecast for 2017, indicates that 12 tropical storms and six hurricanes will form in the Atlantic Ocean, of which two or three would be Category 3 or higher.
Based on the number of expected phenomena, the 2017 season was considered “normal” by the head of the National Water Commission (Comisión Nacional del Agua, Conagua, in Spanish), Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, was supposed to start on May 31 and conclude on November 30. However, Friday April 21, 40 days early, Arlette, the first tropical storm, formed in the Atlantic. “These are the affects that climate change is starting to have on cyclones,” he said.
Along with the secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano Almazán, and Governor Rolando Zapata Bello, the official participated in the official reception ceremony for the crew of the Hurricane Hunter Aircraft of the United States Air Force, at the International Airport of Mérida, where he remarked that after 20 years, the bonds of friendship and collaboration between the United States and Mexico in meteorological matters remain unaffected.
“This is very important for us, since many American citizens visit Yucatan and the information provided will be very important to help get them out of an area where one of these phenomena could impact,” he said.
Brian May, the Hercules C130 commander, has 20 years of experience at the National Hurricane Center.
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