Cancun, Q.R. — With the official ending of the Atlantic hurricane season for 2018, Cancun and Riviera Maya have a count of only two tropical storms.
Despite preseason predictions of an average to below-average year, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season ended up being an above average year. With the higher-than-predicted number of storms, the coastal region of Quintana Roo only had two tropical issues.
Jaime Villasana Espejo, meteorologist with the State Coordination of Civil Protection, says that only two storms landed along the coast, noting that neither caused any serious damage.
“This season began early with the storm Alberto before the official start of the season, and then we had three months that were very quiet. But at the beginning of September, the activity began.
“September and October were two very active months,” he pointed out.
At the end of the season, the last recorded storm was Hurricane Oscar making a total of 16 tropical storms, slightly above the 14 that had been predicted.
Two hurricanes hit the US, Florence and Michael, both causing catastrophic damage. In the end, the 2018 tally of activity in the Atlantic was 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and two intense hurricanes.
Of the counted 16 storms, one was a tropical depression, he added saying that of the named storms, seven were tropical and eight were hurricanes, of which two were category four, one almost reached five (Michael) and the rest were category one and two.
“For Quintana Roo we had the influence of Alberto and Michael, however, because of their trajectories there was influence but not direct affectation.
“What affected us was tropical wave number four in mid-June. The low pressure that formed affected mainly the center of the state in the municipality of Carrillo Puerto in Chumpón,” he explained.
Villasana Espejo added that although the hurricane season has ended, people still need to keep an eye on the weather since now, it is December and the beginning of the cool temperatures and cold fronts that can arrive with rain.
“In the peninsula, humidity generates cold, something that affects mainly rural areas,” he noted.