DICKINSON, TX - Seems like these days, all eyes are on the skies. So, we spoke with the folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to find out what's been going on with the weather and what's to come. Scott Overpeck, forecaster for the National Weather Service says, "The last few weeks, really for the whole month of may, we've seen an overall wet weather pattern and that has some ties to the El Nino development in the Pacific." Dan Reilly, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service adds, "El Nino is a climate pattern where we have warm ocean water in the Pacific, near the equator.
That translates into conditions that are not favorable for hurricanes to develop in the Atlantic." Which is great news to hear this time of year because the hurricane season for the Atlantic officially starts June 1 and runs through the end of November.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Andres huffing and puffing, expected to be the first hurricane this season over in the left coast. Don't worry, it's not expected to make landfall out west, but what about out in the Atlantic or here in the Gulf? Reilly says, "Right now, the forecast is for a below normal season in terms of the numbers of hurricanes and tropical storms." But that doesn't mean we are in the clear. So keep those eyes on the skies for now and keep your fingers crossed we won't get a hurricane breathing down our back in the next few months.