World - La Nina forecast: La Nina could trigger explosive hurricane season - latest NOAA forecast
LA NINA could add to a very active hurricane season according to the latest NOAA forecast, triggering frequent and more explosive hurricanes. Here's all you need to know about La Nina.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has now issued a La Niña watch, with the potential for the phase to develop this autumn. La Niña could trigger stronger and more frequent hurricanes in the Atlantic.
Already Atlantic hurricane season 2020 has got off to an explosive start, with a staggering six named storms in just over a month. Hurricane season began on June 1, but two named storms formed before this - setting the precedent for the weather to come. Tropical Storm Fay, which has made landfall in New Jersey, was the earliest 'F' named storm since records began in 1800s.
Meteorologists are watching the storms in the Atlantic, as 2020 on track to match the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season. Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company said: "We've been monitoring the emerging La Niña event for a few months now, and have observed anomalous easterly winds in the tropical Pacific that are helping to drive the oceanic cooling that is the primary characteristic of a La Niña event.