Experts Predict More Hurricane Activity

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Registered: 03-23-2003
Experts Predict More Hurricane Activity
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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 3:18pm
There are definitely some advantages to living on the west coast! Having been in a tornado and some severe windstorms, I have NO wish to ever be caught in a hurricane!


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The 2003 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be twice as severe as last year, forecasters said.

"A wide variety of global indicators obtained and analyzed through March continue to point to 2003 being an active Atlantic hurricane season," Colorado State University professor William Gray said Friday. "We expect Atlantic basin tropical cyclone activity to be about 140 percent of average this year."

There were four hurricanes during the June-November 2002 hurricane season. Gray and his associates predict eight for 2003, including three intense hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

The Weather Research Center, a private forecasting company based in Houston, predicts six hurricanes for the season.

Gray and his associates attribute the increase to the decline of El Nino, which had suppressed hurricane activity last season. The forecasters also cite very warm sea surface temperatures combining with decreasing sea surface pressures in the north and tropical Atlantic as factors.


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Registered: 03-18-2000
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 9:51am
Sometimes we catch the tail ends of hurricanes up here in New England, rain & strong winds. Right now any weather condition that would bring some warmth & sunshine would be welcome.

Sick of seeing snow..... more predicated for tomorrow. :-(

 


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Registered: 03-23-2003
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 9:16pm
Ohhh - I'm sorry! It's beautiful and sunny here today, but we did have hail, freezing rain & some really wet snow last week (we prefer to just refer that kind of mess as 'lumpy rain'... ;-). Hope that the storm misses you and spring arrives soon!