Top pic. is extreme damage to the Pine Island Bridge near Fort Myers FL from Hurricane Ian. I was pleasantly surprised that they could construct a temporary bridge to Pine Island in a matter of days – working 24/7. BTW, a month after Hurricane Ian hit Florida, they are down to 23 customers without power in Lee County. I’ll guess these are connections to homes that just aren’t there anymore and the accounts have not been closed. Also: Saltwater damage from Hurricane Ian linked to dozens of electric vehicle fires.
The Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico was quiet for two weeks. Tropical storm “Lisa” has moved onshore in Belize. In several days, the storm will be a tropical depression in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico.
The Eastern Pacific is as quiet as Ford Field during the NFL Playoffs. Here’s a summary of Eastern Pacific hurricanes and tropical storms in 2022.
It’s equally quiet in the Central Pacific. Hawaii is seasonably warm. The high temperature at Honolulu last Saturday was 88, two degrees above average and one degree shy of their record high for the date. They have had 0.79″ of rain this month, just 57% of average.
In the North Atlantic, we have a season ACE Index of 84.1 – compared to an average ACE-to-date of 114.8. So that’s 73% of average. The Northeast Pacific (hurricanes that form off the west coast of Mexico) has a season ACE-to-date of 116.5, compared to an average ACE-to-date of 129.8. That’s 90% of average-to-date. Globally, we have an ACE-to-date of 369.3 – compared to an average ACE-to-date of 514.3. That’s 72% of average ACE. So, it’s been a relatively quiet year for tropical storm activity.
Interesting fact – there are very few hurricanes and tropical storms in the Southern Hemisphere. Almost all the world’s tropical storm activity is in the Northern Hemisphere.