Forecasters have predicted that this year’s hurricane season around Hawaii’s waters will likely have fewer storms than usual, unlike last year’s nearly normal season. This forecast is linked to a change from El Nino to La Nina conditions. El Nino and La Nina are natural climate patterns that influence global weather by affecting ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. When El Nino shifts to La Nina, there tend to be fewer hurricanes in the Pacific area, while the Atlantic area usually sees more hurricanes. However, it is important to understand that this prediction only talks about the overall activity of tropical storms in the central Pacific basin and does not specify how many storms will hit Hawaii.

Despite the forecast, officials stress the importance of being ready for extreme weather. Many homes in Hawaii, especially those made with single-wall construction, are at risk during natural disasters. These houses lack protection against hurricanes, and their foundations are often not well secured to the ground. Although these homes are common because they are cheaper to build, they face higher risks due to global warming, which fuels stronger storms. To sum up, while this year’s hurricane season in Hawaii is expected to be quieter than usual, residents must stay prepared for possible extreme weather events, regardless of what the forecast says.