The 2012 Hurricane Season has kicked off (Unofficially) with the formation of Tropical Storm Alberto. The first named storm of the season formed yesturday from a well defined trough split. It looked much better yesturday, but has since then, diminished into a weak tropical storm. In other news, Tropical Storm Aletta kicked off the Eastern Pacific's season early last week just days before the official beginning, marking the first time that both the Atlantic and Eastern pacific season's both got jump-started early.
With the formation of Alberto, this does not give any indication to the activity anticipated as of now for the Season, but does scratch one name off the list.
As of right now most forecasters are concluding that the Atlantic will have much less activity than past years due to the Presence of an Incoming El Nino event and Cool Tropical Atlantic Waters. though these factors are true to the season, It might not influence the whole structure of 2012's Hurricane season. The El Nino will begin to take place most likely in September or October, but as events shift to one or the other, there is a delay in the shift in weather pattern, which would mean the El Nino conditions would likely not become a reality until Latter October or November(The End of Hurricane Season). You might say that the cooler Atlantic waters will greatly impact the numbers for the season, and this is partially true, but there is a whole'nother part of the Basin. While we do have the Eastern and Wide open, Tropical Atlantic, There is still the boiling Caribbean and Southwestern Atlantic that is rearing to go from inactivity in the past two season(That have had many eastern and wide open atlantic storms, and not m any Gulf and Caribbean runners). This leads me to believe, Yes, there will be some activity decrease, but, No, It will not destroy and unhinge the season completely. The Gulf and Caribbean will likely be carrying the load this year, which will result in the U.S. being put in the line of fire, many, many times in comparison to other years.
Basically, I'm upgrading my numbers and reinputing my season Outlook.
14 Named Storms
4 Major Hurricanes
Many storms will run through the Caribbean(Form in the virgin and leewards and run west and then northwest), and much more homegrown mischieve will impact the U.S. this year, which means, there might be more storms than first anticipated by forecasters, but Hurricanes will be a little less likely occurence, but when they do occur, we might have to monitor them very closely.
That's all for now, I might have a new blog entry later this week on NOAA's forecast and future Tropical Storm Bud(92E)...