Hurricane watch

June 2, 2010 by Mike Collins

Pay attention to your coastal flying this summer. Weather Services International (WSI) is calling for 18 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and 5 intense hurricanes (category 3 or greater) in its most recent tropical update for 2010. Those forecast numbers are well above long-term averages.

Fly in the northeastern United States? According to WSI’s hurricane landfall forecasting model, the Atlantic coast from North Carolina’s Outer Banks to Maine is twice as likely as normal to experience a hurricane this year.

“The El Nino event is steadily weakening,” said WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford. “More importantly, however, eastern and central tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are currently at record warm levels for April, even warmer than the freakishly active season of 2005.” For more, see the WSI website.

The 2010 hurricane season began yesterday.

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