The quiet, mellow 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ended on Sunday November 30th, marking another year without major hurricanes threatening Belize. The activity for the season was a little below average according to Chief Meteorologist Dennis Gonguez, but what caused the relatively quiet season? We asked the experts to weigh in on this….

Screen_Shot_2014-12-01_at_8.28.24_PMDennis Gonsuez  – Chief Meteorologist

“Eight named systems and six of those became hurricanes and out of those six we had two that became major hurricanes at category two, three, four or five.  In a typical year we would have about twelve named systems with six hurricanes and two to three major hurricanes so in terms of the hurricanes and major hurricanes we just about average for the number of systems for this year.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“What are some of the contributing factors that resulted in a relatively quiet Atlantic Basins?”

Dennis Gonguez  – Chief Meteorologist

“Well, the conditions will remain just about average over the Caribbean and other conditions will remain neutral and we weren’t scared and threatened by any except by Tropical depression nine which develops around the Yucatan Peninsula and then it became Tropical storm Hannah offshore Honduras and eventually over the mountains of Honduras that was the closest.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Now, we are seeing a lot of shifter relatively odd in patterns in terms of less rain this seasons compared to other seasons, now it started to rain at the end of the hurricane season, is climate change playing a facto here?”

Dennis Gonguez  – Chief Meteorologist

“The rainy season did start on time however by the third week in June and about seven week we had most of June and July got dry and then it started to rain to normalize the system in October.”

And while Belize has been spared once again from any major storms, it is of note that for the second year in a row, the Atlantic hurricane season was below average.

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