Hurricane season kicks off in the Eastern Pacific, as the Atlantic basin looks calm for the foreseeable future


  • No high confidence signals for tropical development in the Atlantic over the next 2 weeks.
  • It seems likely that we’ll make it to June 1st without an Atlantic storm.
  • Eastern Pacific may get its first system by next week, but it likely heads out to sea.

A May Atlantic basin storm seems unlikely this year

Over the next seven days, it looks like a relatively quiet stretch in the tropical Atlantic. The area where GFS modeling has been hinting at some kind of potential development, the Caribbean, looks drier than normal through next week.

The next 7 days look rather quiet in the Caribbean and Gulf. Above normal rainfall mainly targets the Gulf Coast and Southeast, while below average precipitation dominates the Caribbean. (Tropical Tidbits)

Any kind of development should be held off through the 25th or so. Heading into weeks 2 and perhaps week 3, it continues to look unlikely that we see development in the Atlantic. The Climate Prediction Center’s global tropical hazards outlook shows above average rainfall developing in the Caribbean and western Atlantic in that timeframe, but as of now, there’s nothing to really latch onto as a development candidate.

The Climate Prediction Center’s tropical hazards outlook shows dryness in the Gulf, but gradually increasing moisture in the eastern Caribbean and western Atlantic. Development is unlikely at this time in the Atlantic. (NOAA)

At this point, I feel relatively comfortable saying that unless something drastically changes soon, we’ll make it to the June 1st start of hurricane season with no preseason storms in the Atlantic.

Hurricane season underway in the Eastern Pacific

Today is the first day of hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific, and the National Hurricane Center has a 30 percent area outlined off the coast of Mexico.

The first system of the season in the Pacific may develop by next week, but it will likely head out to sea. (NHC)

Slow development of this area is possible as it moves west. A building ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere, reloading extreme, historic heat over Mexico will keep this one likely moving west out over the Eastern Pacific. If it were to develop, Aletta is the first name on the list this year.