Below Average Hurricane Season Forecast For 2017

On Thursday 6th April, 2017, researchers group at Colorado State University issued their preliminary predictions for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

This year, it is forecasted that we can expect a less active season with eleven (11) named storms. Preliminary predictions indicates that four (4) will become hurricanes and two (2) will become major hurricanes (Category 3 or 5).  This is attributed to the potential of a weak to moderate El Nino developing during the peak of the season. The term El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.

An average season in the Atlantic consists of twelve (12) named storms, six (6) hurricanes and two (2) major hurricanes. 

This year as part of Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies’ (DDME’s) Hurricane Preparedness Month Campaign under the theme “Are You Ready for The Unexpected!,” the DDME would like to encourage all residents, businesses, schools, government and non-government organization to prepare effectively and not to become complacent due to the preliminary predictions.  It only takes one storm to make a memorable season!

The 2017 Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30 2017.  Further predictions will be provided on June 1, July 3 and August 2, 2017. 


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Hurricane Aircraft Reconnaissance Tour (CHAT) Providenciales

Aircraft reconnaissance plays an extremely important role in monitoring the track and intensity of tropical cyclones.  Every hurricane season, the US Air Force and NOAA Reconnaissance Hurricane aircraft provides valuable meteorological data not available from any other source. 

The USAF 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, has been flying into tropical storms and hurricanes since 1944.  It is the only operational unit in the world flying weather reconnaissance on a routine basis.  The Hurricane Hunters provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

On 27th April, 2017, NOAA’s National Weather Service, in partnership, with the United States Air Force, Hurricane Hunters, will be visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of the 2017 Caribbean Awareness Tour (CHAT).The delegation will be led by Dr. Richard Knabb, Director of NOAA’s, National Hurricane Center.

CHAT is an annual tour which aims to raise hurricane awareness across Latin America and the Caribbean, and to maintain and expand partnerships among the NHC, U.S. Northern Command, Air Force and neighbors in the region. The tour by the aircraft to the islands and countries in the region is an excellent opportunity for the relevant authorities involved in storm/warning/disaster management and the public-at-large to see the aircraft, meet and speak to the US Air Force crew and the civilian hurricane specialists involved. This will be the first time the aircraft will be visiting the TCI.

During the visit, a brief Media event has been schedule by the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies. Following, Government officials and students from the Public and Private schools on Providenciales, will be given a tour of the Aircraft Reconnaissance. The tour will allow persons to see first-hand the extremely important role in monitoring the track and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Public hurricane awareness in the region is essential for adequate hurricane preparedness and response. Ushering the commencement of DDME’s Hurricane Preparedness Month starting 1st May, 2017, CHAT will play an instrumental role in peaking public’s interest and increasing awareness in the Turks and Caicos as it relates to the hurricane threat. It also serves to strengthen national and international partnerships for storm warning and emergency response. 


The National Honours and Awards Committee is inviting the general public to submit nominations for the third annual National Honours and Awards Program. The program recognizes outstanding citizens who have made exemplary contributions to the country’s development.

The classifications of awards are:

The Order of National Hero:

The Order of National Hero is the highest award and may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander for extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to the Turks and Caicos Islands or to humanity at large.

The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands:

The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has served with distinction in any field of discipline and may be conferred to upon a person during his lifetime or posthumously.

The Patriotic Awards:

The Patriotic Awards may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has demonstrated a keen sense of national consciousness and rendered exceptional sacrificial service to the islands and the people of the islands.

-          Provided that the Patriotic Award: Mouchoir Bank medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander as an honorary award for demonstrating a very high regard for national integration philanthropic

The Long Service Medal:

The Long Service Medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has given outstanding and exemplary public service to the islands and its people for a minimum period of twenty years.

National Young Achiever’s Medal:

The National Young Achiever’s medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years who has performed exceptionally well on a national, regional or international level in the following areas (but not limited)-

-          Culture

-          Academics

-          Performing Arts; or

-          Sports

It is important that you nominate persons you believe are worthy to receive such honour with the classification of the award since the committee cannot nominate him or her for an alternative honour or awards.

Nomination forms can be collected from the Premier’s Office in Grand Turk and Providenciales; District Commissioners Office in North Caicos, South Caicos, Middle Caicos and Salt Cay, Government Website and other areas throughout the community.

Your completed nominations formed should be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Premier’s Office, District Commissioners office or any member of the Committee Marked:

Elizabeth M Wilson

Government Protocol

National Honours and Awards Committee

Office of the Premier

Turks and Caicos Islands

The form only introduces your nominee. You may add additional information regarding your nominee’s work, service and merits on an additional page to support your reason why your nominee should be so honoured; whether documents, newspaper clippings, letters, testimonials.

Nominations must be submitted by June 30th 2017.