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Above-average hurricane season predicted

Posted On Fri, April 9, 2010

Regions on the Atlantic coast should stock up on hurricane supplies. A forecast team with Colorado State University has predicted that the 2010 hurricane season for the region will be above-average.

Predictions that El Nino conditions will end by the time summer rolls around and that abnormally warm tropical Atlantic sea temperatures will prevail have led the university's team to believe that this will be a harsher hurricane season for the Atlantic basin region. Fifteen named storms have been predicted by the team for the region between June 1 and November 30. The team believes eight of them will become hurricanes and four will turn into major hurricanes.

The university's teams used 58 years of historical information to make its hurricane season predictions. William Gray, who is in his 27th year of leading the university's team of hurricane forecasters, said that "while patterns may change before the start of hurricane season, we believe current conditions warrant concern for an above-average season."

Certain conditions led forecasters to believe 2010 will be an above average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin reason. Five previous above average hurricane seasons, including 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, showed similar precursors that this year has shown. However, the university's team believes 2010's season will not be as dramatic as 2005's.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19713464-ADNFCR

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