2010 Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast

By: Myles Henderson
By: Myles Henderson

After last year's relatively quiet hurricane season, forecasters Dr. Phil Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray from Colorado State University say 2010 will turn out to be "above average."

Several times each year Doctors Phil Klotzbach and William Gray from Colorado State University issue their forecast for the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

This year Klotzbach and Gray are expecting "above average" Hurricane activity. The first forecast was made on December 9th and called for 11-16 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes, and 3-5 intense hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

The latest forecast, released today, called for 15 named storms, with 8 becoming hurricanes, and 4 intense hurricanes.

Klotzbach and Gray say the reason for the "above average" season is warming of Atlantic tropical sea surface temperatures and the weakening of the El Nino pattern in the Pacific.

For a detailed look at Klotzbach and Gray's 2010 Hurricane Forecast visit This Link.

Every year we get this and other tropical predictions for the season ahead, but the truth is tropical activity is tough to predict. Meteorologist are getting better when it comes to predicting the number of tropical systems and strength but the paths of these systems still remains as the most difficult forecast parameter.

What do you think of the new 2010 Atlantic hurricane prediction? Will we feel any effects from tropical storms/hurricanes this year or will it be another quiet season like last year? Leave your comments below.

-Myles
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