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Kelsey Ellis

The official 2023 hurricane season forecasts were just released, and while the Atlantic may see an average storm season this year, a busier-than-normal season is forecast in the eastern Pacific, meaning heightened risks for Mexico and Hawaii. A big reason is El Niño.

El Niño typically means trouble for the Pacific and a break for the Atlantic coast and Caribbean. But while this climate phenomenon is highly likely to form this year, it isn’t a certainty before hurricane season ramps up this summer, and that makes it harder to know what might happen.


Kelsey Ellis, an associate professor of geography, and Nicholas Grondin, a recent Ph.D. graduate in geography, explain the forces affecting hurricanes and why this year could be hard to forecast.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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