posted on May, 29 2006 @ 10:49 PM
Well....it's that time of year again.
The tropical storm season for the Atlantic and Gulf begins on June 1st.
Last year was truley phenomenal with a record 28 storms including a record 7 storms before August, a record 15 hurricanes, a record four cat 5 storms
including the strongest July hurricane on record - Emily - and the strongest (lowest pressure) hurricane ever in the Atlantic - Wilma. Unfortunately
we also had a record 4 major (cat 3 or higher) hurricanes making landfall in the US, unfortunately the deadliest hurricane to hit the US since 1928 -
Katrina, and unfortunately the costliest hurricane ever - again Katrina.
This season is not expected to be nearly as active, but they're still calling for an above average season. The good news....maybe only 9 more years
in this cycle of above average tropical activity...
Predictions for this season -
13-16 named storms
4-6 becoming major hurricanes
Dr. William Gray and his team:
17 named storms
5 major hurricanes
2006 Storm Names:
So, what's going on out there right now? Any early birds?
Fortunately no. There's a cluster of showers and storms in the Gulf, if that sits there a while, we'll have to watch it, but for now all is well.