U.S. forecasters see above-average hurricane season looming

May 19, 2011MIAMI – Three to six major hurricanes could form over the Atlantic Ocean this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in its annual hurricane season forecast. It will be an above-average season this year, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said. The agency expects 12 to 18 named storms this year, including six to 10 that will become hurricanes. Of those, between three and six could be major hurricanes — storms that reach Category 3, 4 or 5 — with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher. The predictions exceed the historical seasonal average of 11 named storms. “The United States was fortunate last year. Winds steered most of the season’s tropical storms and all hurricanes away from our coastlines,” Lubchenco said. “However, we can’t count on luck to get us through this season. We need to be prepared, especially with this above-normal outlook.” The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. One of the factors affecting the hurricane season is the weather phenomena known as La Nina, which is weakening in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, but its effects impact atmospheric conditions that, in turn, affect conditions in the Atlantic region. Another factor is warm water in the Atlantic Ocean, the agency said. Sea surface temperatures where storms can develop are two degrees Fahrenheit higher than average, the agency reported. Lubchenco cautioned that the agency cannot predict how many of the expected storms will make landfall or where. –CNN
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2 Responses to U.S. forecasters see above-average hurricane season looming

  1. Charlotte says:

    Living on the Gulf Coast, we take hurricane predictions seriously. Our unusually warm spring has raised Gulf of Mexico temperatures making it a fertile path for Atlantic hurricanes to travel. We are still reeling from Katrina, Gustav, B-P oil spill, and now flooding of the Mississippi. We are also aware, thanks to Extinction Protocol, of so much more happening worldwide that is unusual in scope and frequency. Many wonder what it all means.

    I proffer this: the Universe is connected, physically and spiritually. What we do does matter and does affect others, the Earth, the universe. When the supreme dominion of the Creator of the Universe is denied, manifested in practice by disobedience to God’s laws and natural laws and such behavior becomes normal, the universe reacts. Our divine, loving, and omnipotent Creator will not continue to suffer the affronts and offenses of His created beings without warnings and chastisement if we do not heed the warning signs which are a great mercy in these times.

    To live on Earth is to be constantly tempted by the Evil One who wants to devour you and your children. Those who deny God’s dominion and His Way fall prey to false philosophies, developing alluring, evil habits that kill the very soul. Worldwide, this behavior is exploding through hubris, ego, willful ignorance, and denial of God. Let us not fool our prideful selves that we are any better people than those who lived thousands of years ago and suffered God’s chastisements. In fact, the abominations today are worse; flaunted, legalized, and some, such as abortion, unthinkable. Certainly they are more numerous, and with science used unethically, more offensive to our divine Father and Creator, as He blessed us with intelligence to use our gifts to edify man, not to destroy man.

    The blessings and abundance of the past are slipping away unless we are truly sorry and change our lives. We all have an obligation to live this message, spreading it by example or in any good way, or suffer the consequences of our disbelief or apathy. May Father God have mercy on us all, for none of us is without sin, in some degree. Thank you for reading this.


  2. Brenda says:

    Very well said Charlotte, thank-you for sharing this!


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