First Tropical Outlook Released for Atlantic Basin

May 9, 2013

The initial tropical outlook for the Atlantic Basin has been released by Colorado State University.

According to the release, the report is anticipating a more active tropical season than usual this year.

State Climatologist and Meteorologist Bill Murphey explains the reasoning behind that forecast.

“A lot of this is based on the early warming of the ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic”, said Murphey.

He says that most of the storms that occur in the early part of the season form not too far from the United States.

“Earlier on, a lot of times you can get a lot of stalled out systems in the lower Caribbean, and sometimes it can track north and turn into a tropical storm”, said Murphey.

Murphey says that its later in the season when the more powerful storms will begin to form, and typically begin as strong thunderstorms off the continent of Africa’s west coast.

The tropical season begins on June 1st, and lasts until the end of November.