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article imageAtlantic hurricane season could be 'busy'

By Michael Bearak     Apr 7, 2010 in Environment
Hurricane experts are speculating that the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season could be an uncharacteristically busy season. The season begins on June first.
Colorado State University forecasters have reported that they are expecting a busy Hurricane season in 2010. They named 15 storms with eight expected to become hurricanes.
The forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach have attributed the increase in potential to the fact that the El Nino effect will dissipate by summer and then the surface water temperatures will be unseasonably warmer increasing the chances of hurricanes.
Of the eight hurricanes four are expected to be Category-three or higher, which means the storms will have at last 111 mph sustained winds. Gray and Klotzbach pointed out that the April conditions are the similar to that of 1958, 1966, 1969, 1998 and 2005. The forecasters released a statement saying, "All five of these seasons had above-average activity, especially the seasons of 1969, 1998 and 2005."
The two forecasters did point out that the season doesn't start until June first and that there will be two more updated hurricane forecasts presented. The next will be on June second followed by another on August fourth.
The hurricane season ends in November 30 and while there have been later hurricanes, Gray and Klotzbach will release their first hurricane predictions for the 2011 season in December of this year.
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