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Caribbean Hurricane Season Ends with Less Devastation

Havana, December 2 (RHC) -- The hurricane season ended on Saturday in the Caribbean, after registering only two devastating weather events, though the forecast model had foreseen at least nine during the period since June 1.

Cuban forecasts predicted 17 tropical storms, including 9 possible hurricanes, while the Climate Prediction Center attached to the U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipated 13 to 20 tropical storms, including 7 to 11 hurricanes.

Of the 12 registered tropical storms, only two, Humberto and Ingrid, became hurricanes, but they did not exceed category one on the five-degree Saffir-Simpson scale, and had a very short life.

Cuban meteorologist Ramon Perez from the Climate Center attached to the National Meteorology Institute, said that this unusual behavior should be investigated because it seemed to be associated with the presence of a wind shear, predominant in a large part of the Caribbean and preventing the concentration of necessary power at altitude for the formation and strengthening of tropical cyclones.

Previous studies revealed that a hurricane can weaken or vanish on the sea due to the existence of strong superior winds, as well as the great difference in direction and speed among the winds at different levels.

According to historical records, the concluding season registered the fewest number of hurricanes in the Atlantic basin since 1982.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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