Miami: The 2015 hurricane season smashed records because of an unusually strong El Nino warming pattern, including the most powerful hurricane ever, US forecasters said.
During the season, which ended on Monday, scientists also recorded the biggest number of major Pacific hurricanes in a single season in 40 years and three hurricanes spinning over the ocean simultaneously for the first time.
Scientists blame El Nino for keeping meteorologists and alert services busy from May 15 in the East Pacific Ocean and from June 1 in the Atlantic and Central Pacific.
“El Nino produces a see-saw effect, suppressing the Atlantic season while strengthening the eastern and central Pacific hurricane seasons,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the national oceanic and atmospheric administration’s climate prediction center. “El Nino intensified into a strong event during the summer and significantly impacted all three hurricanes seasons during peak months,” he said.
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