Very Severe Hurricane Seasons Ahead, Say U.S. Top Scientists

We sure hope this isn’t true.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued it’s 2010 hurricane season forecast, and the agency is predicting a doozy.

Hurricane season for the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. That’s when about 90 percent of the storms make themselves present, and the predictions for this season are grim — which could wreak further havoc on the Gulf coast.

NOAA’s forecast predicts as many as 23 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, with 3 to 7 becoming serious enough to merit names. This jibes with earlier predictions of a severe hurricane season from Accuweather and scientists at Colorado State.

“It’s going to be a bigger than average hurricane season and it’s going to start sooner,” Accuweather’s Joe Bastardi told in early May. And Colorado State University meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray also predict rough weather in their extended-range hurricane forecast.

NOAA reports that this could be “one of the more active seasons on record.”

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