Busy 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecasted

By Brian Alonzo

On Thursday May 27, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the 2010 Atlantic hurricane outlook and its eye opening. NOAA expects an “active to extremely active” hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean. When I got the press release, I had to do a double take. I couldn’t believe the numbers. Take a look at what they have predicted.

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A normal hurricane season has 11 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major storms which are category 3 or higher. Last year was not an active year due to El Niño. El Niño has warm ocean waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean. During this time the Atlantic sees high wind shear which tears tropical systems apart.

What is important to note is that there are 21 names available for this year. If we run out of names then we use the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, etc much like we did back in 2005. Here is the 2010 Atlantic hurricane names:

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So with atmospheric winds just right for the development of storms that is not the only ingredient needed for hurricanes.

Record warm temperatures have been observed with temperatures 4°F above normal. The warm waters act as fuel for these topical systems.

Another question people are asking is, how will a tropical system affect the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Dr. Jane Lubchenco with NOAA has stated that if a hurricane hits the Gulf, the oil will be transported along the storm surge and affect coastal communities in its path. Not something you want to hear.

With that said we have numerous resources available to keep you informed:

KSAT-12, KSAT.com, JustWeather (Complete Hurricane Section), KSATWeather on Twitter, KSAT-12 Weather on Facebook, and KSAT-12/KSAT.com on Facebook. We even have a Hurricane Central on KSAT.com, with some information to stay prepared.

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