“Very Active” 2010 Hurricane Season Expected

Hurricane Season 2010

The 2010 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic officially began on June 1, and is expected to be “one of the more active on record. The seasonal outlook released on May 27, 2010 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center predicts an 85% chance of an above normal season in the Atlantic.

According to the NOAA’s website 70 percent probability of the following ranges:

  • 14 to 23 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 8 to 14 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 3 to 7 could be Major Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)

The basis for these predictions include above average sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, upper atmospheric wind conditions, and increased hurricane activity in the region.

Experts with the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University have also updated their 2010 Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast report to predict a “well above-average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall”.

The North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico make up the Atlantic Hurricane region which has seen an increase in hurricane activity since 1995. Eight of the last 15 hurricane seasons rank in the top 10 for the most named storms within a season. 2005 tops the list with 28 named storms.

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