Some scientists are suggesting that we have entered a new, quieter cycle of hurricane activity in the Atlantic. These experts say that cooler less salty water in the North Atlantic is triggering fewer and weaker hurricanes since 2012.
The good news is we could be in for a 25 year quiet cycle. The bad news is the same experts say we could still see a strong hurricane and we all know, one is all it takes to destroy a community.
Other scientists reject the warm and salty water theory and tie the quiet periods to sulfur pollution in the air and the busy storm seasons to clean air. That would mean we may not be headed into decades of quiet seasons.
While the experts debate; we coastal dwellers know we must continue to watch the tropics this season and for seasons to come and always have our hurricane plans ready for that one storm that could come our way. That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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