April 5th 2012 -Predictions released today by the Colorado State University’s
leading forecaster, Professor William Gray, calls for a reduced activity of the
2012 Hurricane Season.
Professor Gray estimates that about 4 hurricanes, 10
named storms, and 2 major hurricanes will develop to at least Category 3
strength, or higher. He explained, “The tropical Atlantic has anomalously
cooled over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El
Niño event this summer and fall are relatively high. We anticipate a below-average probability for
major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the
Professor Gray, who is
beginning his 29th year forecasting hurricanes at Colorado State University also
said, “However, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane
making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare
the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.”
The DDM supports
Professor Gray’s warnings, and once again urge Virgin Islanders to begin
preparing early for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. General
preparedness tips can be found on the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com or interested persons are
welcome to visit our office at #3 Wailing Road, McNamara for more information.
The North Atlantic
Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30.