Caribbean Hurricane Season
If you’re concerned about planning a Caribbean vacation for fear of a hurricane strike, take a look at some important statistics about hurricanes. This article provides general information about tropical storms and hurricanes in the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, to help with your vacation planning.
Historical weather reports reveal that Cancun has only received a direct hit from a hurricane once every 12 years, although a hurricane comes close every 2 & 1/2 years. Meteorology statistics indicate that an average of 90 tropical storms manifests worldwide every year, but only 1/3 develop into hurricanes. Statistics also convey that most hurricane activity occurs in the western Pacific Ocean where the ocean is larger and warmer – ideal for breeding tropical storms – whereas the Atlantic Ocean generates an average of about only 10 storms each year with 6 evolving into hurricanes.
Atlantic Hurricane Season
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin – the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea (spanning the Cancun and Riviera Maya coastline), and the Gulf of Mexico – begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Peak storm activity along the Caribbean Sea runs from August through October when the water is at its warmest temperatures.
There are various experts in the scientific community who disagree that global warming may increase hurricane frequency and intensity. Although some scientists conclude that global warming will cause the 2010 hurricane season to be more active, a growing number of scientists counter that it may actually decrease hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, since global warming strengthens wind shear which cuts through and disintegrates hurricane formations.
In the event that Cancun might be threatened again by a hurricane soon, hotel and resort staff remain alert to regional hurricane forecasts and stand ready to implement hurricane preparedness procedures that provide protection to guests and staff. Hotels and resorts in the tropics rely on an official resource for hurricane preparedness and response – The Hurricane Procedures Manual – issued by the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
The most essential preventive measure you can take is to stay informed of tropical weather conditions in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, the Yucatan Peninsula, and Quintana Roo, Mexico, heeding any hurricane watches and warnings near those regions.
Check with trusted weather authorities for information about tropical storm conditions such as The Weather Channel, The Tropical Meteorology Project*, AccuWeather, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
Fun in the Sun
* The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project provides seasonal updates of hurricane patterns; the next update is due for release on August 4, 2010. Two-week updates are also released during the peak Atlantic hurricane season from August through October.