It’s finally that time of year again, and so far it looks like this year will be a good one. Hurricane Season is almost upon us, with Hurricane Gaston in the Atlantic moving towards the coast to kick off the early fall with some serious groundswell.
As put by MSW’s Ben Freeman:
“Unlike some of the more burly hit and run storms of recent years the interest has to be in a slow moving or stalled storm bringing several days of mid sized long period swell to the US East Coast. Model numbers in the 3-5ft@15 range for the Outer Banks, for example, will translate into solid but surfable conditions for many spots and this ‘sitting and spinning’ scenario means waves in a similar size range from Florida to New York and beyond. If this is the outcome, and with intense tropical storms the margins of error are larger, we could be looking at one of the best surf making hurricanes of recent years. Fingers crossed.”
Fingers crossed indeed. After several years of El Nino and sub-par Atlantic hurricane seasons, it would appear the El Nino/La Nina cycle has switched, with a possible La Nina coming into full effect right at the beginning of the 2016 season – we have already seen early underpinnings of a La Nina changeover in the August dry spell.
If you aren’t quite sure what a La Nina changeover would mean, here are the nuts and bolts of it:
More hurricanes in the Atlantic can only mean one thing: more hurricane swell landing on the Nova Scotia coast.