Have the tropics become more active in the Pacific?

August 27, 2008 8:25:34 PM PDT
You probably hear more about tropical systems in the Pacific due to an increase in media coverage.

Erica's Answer:

Over the past decade, between 16 and 19 tropical systems typically form in the Eastern Pacific during the course of the season. The major difference I noticed, looking at the data over the past 10 years, is that 6-8 hurricanes formed every year in the Eastern Pacific.

In 2007, only 4 hurricanes formed in the same area, and so far this year, 5 hurricanes have formed. So I would say that over the past decade or so, things have remained steadily active in the Eastern Pacific. We're probably more in tune to the hurricanes worldwide because of the increased activity in the Atlantic Basin over the past decade!

- Erica