Cancun, Q.R. — Another hurricane season has passed without incident as Cancun and the Riviera Maya get ready for the upcoming tourist season.
Although the hurricane season officially ends November 30, the cold fronts that continue to invade the region make hurricane development difficult. The Meteorology and Climatology Department of Civil Protection Solidarity says that the geographical region is safe from hurricane development thanks to the arrival of that cold air.
So far this season, 14 tropical cyclones formed in both Mexico’s Atlantic and Caribbean Sea regions. Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña, meteorologist, explains that recent low temperatures make conditions for a hurricane unlikely in the area.
“We experienced 14 named tropical cyclones, of which three reached Category 1 and 2 hurricane status while three others reached 3, 4 and 5 status. Most of those formed in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean posing no risk to the state of Quintana Roo. The only storm that had any impact this year was Earl which hit Belize as a Category 1, causing heavy damage to the center of the country,” he said.
A hurricane begins as a tropical storm over warm waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans near the equator. These are the only regions that refer to them as hurricanes. In the Philippine and China Sea regions, hurricanes are called typhoons.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Cancun – Riviera Maya region, runs from June 1 to November 30. According to the National Hurricane Center, the months between August and October are considered the most active, having the highest risk for hurricane development.
Over the last 30 years, the Cancun – Riviera Maya region has been hit by two major hurricanes. Gilbert on September 15, 1988 and the last being Wilma on October 21, 2005.