The Pacific Surpassed the Atlantic in Number of Storms for 2015 Hurricane Season

NOAA scientists credit El Niño as the leading climate factor influencing both the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons this year.

“El Niño produces a see-saw effect, suppressing the Atlantic season while strengthening the eastern and central Pacific hurricane seasons,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “El Niño intensified into a strong event during the summer and significantly impacted all three hurricanes seasons during their peak months.”

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