The Atlantic hurricane season is moving into its most active phase and the risk of powerful storms could threaten oil and gas activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
Energy companies and commodity traders are keeping a close eye on weather reports around the Gulf of Mexico as the Atlantic hurricane season moves into its most active phase and the risk of powerful storms, that could threaten activity in the Gulf, increases.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins at the beginning of June, with the most active stages between 20th August and October. Traders follow the storms due to their potential to destroy crops, and disrupt oil and gas activities.
Dan Kottlowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc., explained to Bloomberg that the wind shear, which normally breaks young storms apart, has been dropping away, and the potential of strong tropical waves, necessary to create a hurricane, has been growing. (Related article: Junior Time in the Gulf of Mexico Shelf)
The US National Hurricane Centre is currently tracking the progress of a tropical wave just off the coast of Africa, appointing it a 70% chance of turning into a tropical storm over the next five days. As well as a number of thunderstorms spread across a broad area in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, which they have given a 50% chance of turning into a large weather system over the next five days.