Meteorologists are forecasting a less busy typhoon season in the West Pacific region.
Landon Aydlett, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says that so far, only 14 tropical cyclones have been detected in the Western Pacific and they expect the slow conditions to continue.
Aydlett, who spoke during the virtual Tropical Cyclone and Disaster Preparedness Seminar Thursday morning, said: “Right now, we are sitting in a La Nina Watch so we are expecting to see La Nina conditions for the next several months.”
With the region now battling a COVID-19 pandemic, Aydlett says the lessened cyclone activity is good news for Guam and the rest of the Marianas.
“This year it is far different. It is one of our slowest seasons and I think 2010 was the slowest typhoon season on record … we are fighting for that honor right now,” Aydlett said.
He added: “That’s great news for us and our partners across the island in this time of COVID because if we were (done) with the 2015 season… when we had tropical cyclones all throughout the year with one after another hitting the island, that would be quite a headache for our partners in terms of sheltering folks, and the medical partners in the region.”
Aydlett said tropical cyclones and typhoons are a way of life for Guam and the Marianas and the community should always plan and think ahead.