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2010 Hurricane Season About To Break Loose

Thank goodness BP is making such good progress on stopping the leaking well, because hurricanes are coming!

June and July did not live up to predictions by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, but conditions in the Atlantic’s main hurricane -forming region are now ripe.

The CPC says 70% chance of 14-20 named storms, 8-10 hurricanes and 4-6 major hurricanes.

Warm ocean temps & La Nina, yikes! Mid-August is the time when the action revs up.

Colorado State’s forecast calls for 18 named storms (which include Alex and Bonnie), 10 hurricanes, and five major hurricanes.

Unlike the CPC, the university team, led by atmospheric scientist Phil Koltzbach, produces broad forecasts for landfalling storms. The entire US East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula, faces a 50 percent chance of at least one storm making landfall there, compared with a long-term average of 31 percent. The Gulf Coast, which is still working to mop up after the BP oil rig blowout, faces a 49 percent chance of at least one storm striking, compared with a long-term average of 30 percent, Dr. Klotzbach’s outlook indicates

CPC sees a 90% chance of at least one hurricane making landfall on the Atlantic Coast, and 80% chance of one strike on the Gulf Coast

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