This year’s hurricane season has been far less severe than in previous years. The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1st and ends November 30th, deters visitors from travelling to the West Indies each year – yet this year, not one hurricane has formed in the Caribbean basin.
Hurricane Bill became the first hurricane of the season last month, but it stayed out in the Atlantic and steered well close of land.
Jimena proved to be less dangerous than initially feared when it crashed into Mexico’s Baja California peninsula last week, forcing thousands of residents and tourists to flee. The tropical storm did not reach hurricane status
Other named storms of the present season include Ana, Charlotte, Danny and Erica, which have all failed to reach hurricane status (winds of up to 74mph or more).
The 2009 Pacific season had its latest start for 40 years, which is thought to be due a warm water current that heads eastward towards Ecuador and Peru.
El Nino is known to subdue the formation of hurricanes in the Atlantic region – indicating there will be fewer hurricanes than usual this year, which could bode well for travellers hoping for some Caribbean sunshine.