Tropical cyclone formation not forecast within next 48 hours
No tropical cyclones are expected to form within the Central North Pacific Basin through Sunday afternoon, according to forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Oahu.
Forecasters also don’t expect any tropical cyclones to form during the next five days in the Eastern North Pacific Basin, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The Central North Pacific Basin is located between 140 degrees west longitude and the International Dateline. The Eastern North Pacific Basin is located east of 140 degrees west longitude.
Central Pacific Hurricane Center officials predicted four to seven tropical cyclones this year in the Central North Pacific Basin. Overall, they give this season an 80 percent chance for a normal to above average number of tropical storms to form.
The hurricane season began June 1.
El Nino conditions typically mean a more active hurricane season in the Central Pacific, officials said. Historically, that has meant six to seven cyclones per year since 1970 when those conditions are present.
Last year was an average one, with six storm systems generated. Three came close to Hawaii, but another was very close to the international date line and didn’t impact the state.