Tropical Storm Gabrielle has become another example of a weakening storm during Atlantic hurricane season. The Miami Herald reports on Sept. 5 that Gabrielle has fizzled and does not pose a threat. Although weather experts predicted a serious hurricane season this year, the actual number of hurricanes has remained at zero.
Tropical Storm Gabrielle’s winds reached 40 miles per hour while Puerto Rico suffered from heavy rains. Despite expectations that the tropical storm would become more severe, it actually started to weaken quickly. The only threat from Gabrielle was strong rains that concentrated on the islands.
This Atlantic hurricane season has defied experts who predicted it would surpass previous years. There have been seven storms and zero hurricanes. Since the season is past the halfway mark, the National Hurricane Center believes it is possible for storm activity to increase in the coming weeks. One climatologist explained, “We’ve had seven named storms but they’ve been little, very weak systems, really nothing.”
The National Hurricane Center reveals the Accumulated Cyclone Energy is lower in 2013 than in previous years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has already lowered its earlier predictions of 11 hurricanes to a maximum of nine hurricanes this season.
Despite the lack of hurricanes, both the National Hurricane Center and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe there is still a chance for an active season. September tends to be the peak, so storm activity may be increasing dramatically. The organizations warn that hurricanes may still appear, and tropical storms should not be ignored or instantly considered as nonthreatening.