The Pacific Ocean Is Seeing ‘One Of The Quietest Typhoon Seasons On Record’

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While the North Atlantic is going through an extremely active hurricane season, the Pacific is going through one of the quietest typhoon seasons since records began.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue compiled data showing accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) in the northwestern Pacific Ocean is only 56 percent of normal, which is based on storm activity from 1981 to 2010. Cyclone activity in the north and central Pacific basin is only 81 percent of normal, Maue reported.

Maue noted there’s only been one super typhoon, Noru, in the northwestern Pacific. Noru hit Japan in August, becoming the region’s strongest typhoon based on sustained wind speeds for the season — which hit 160 miles per hour. There are currently no active storms in the western Pacific basin.

The Tropical Storm Risk Consortium (TSRC), which monitors cyclones, forecast in August that the northwestern Pacific Ocean would be up to 20 percent below normal, based on 1965 to 2015 climatology.

The group said “prevailing ENSO conditions over the central and western NW Pacific show an anomalous zonal temperature gradient that increases from east to west” that are “linked to below norm Northwest Pacific typhoon activity.”

Contrast that with the current Atlantic Ocean hurricane season where Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria all made U.S. landfall as major storms, causing billions of dollars in damages and taking dozens of lives.

There have been 13 named storms in the Atlantic basin, five of which became major hurricanes with maximum sustained winds over 160 miles per hour.

Hurricane Irma became the longest-lasting powerful storm in the satellite era, maintaining sustained maximum winds of 185 miles per hour for more than 37 hours. Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane.

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