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Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic

 
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Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic
Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic [link to www.ctv.ca] Updated Mon. May. 8 2006 6:34 AM ET

Associated Press

FREDERICTON -- In what could signal a frightening new fact of life in the age of global warming, Canadian and U.S. forecasters are warning that another major hurricane season is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2006 hurricane season officially opens on June 1, and already scientists are telling people living in eastern North America that numerous storms are predicted, with as many as five major hurricanes packing winds of 180 km/h or greater.

"It's kind of comparable to what we were looking at last year at this time," says Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, N.S.

"Last year we were looking at 12 to 15 storms and this year the forecast is for about 17. No one would go out on a limb and say it is going to be just as bad as last year, but the indications are there that it is still going to be another active season, almost twice as active as normal."

Last year's hurricane season was the most destructive on record.

There were 27 named storms, 15 hurricanes and seven intense hurricanes during the 2005 season. The worst damage was along the U.S. Gulf coast.

Scientists with the Colorado State University hurricane forecast team say the same factors that contributed to last year's violent season are still in play this year.

"The Atlantic Ocean remains anomalously warm, and tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures have continued to cool," says Colorado University forecaster Phil Klotzbach, explaining two of the key triggers for hurricanes.

The Eastern seaboard has been locked in an active storm period for the past decade and while these seasons are normally cyclical, no one knows when, or if, the active period will end.

"Is this global warming? From now on will we see only active hurricane seasons? That's the big question," says Canadian weather guru Dave Phillips of Environment Canada.

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Re: Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic
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Re: Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic
""We will never taken another hurricane warning for granted.""

So next time they will get a hurricane with no warning?
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05/08/2006 11:41 AM
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Re: Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic
'Five major hurricanes with winds in excess of 180 km/hr' (112 mi/hr)... didn't we have that last year? I bet this year will be at least as bad as last year.
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05/08/2006 11:43 AM
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Re: Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic
Don't they skip a year?
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05/08/2006 11:44 AM
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I think so as well because of La Nina, which, based on previous La Ninas, causes an active hurricane season.
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Re: Major hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic
All upcoming seasons are going to be bad for the simple reason that the water is warmer, and getting warmer all the time.
Warm water is the fuel for hurricanes.





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