Busy but Less Intense Hurricane Season Seen
Warm ocean temperatures foretell another active Atlantic hurricane season, but not as busy as the record-breaker that spawned Katrina last year.
“The Atlantic Ocean is warm right now, but it is not as warm as it was last year,” U.S. National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield said Thursday at a regional convention of the World Meteorological Organization in Puerto Rico. One noted forecaster, William Gray of Colorado State University, has predicted 17 tropical storms and hurricanes this season, which starts June 1. A record 27 tropical storms developed last season.