A Busy Year For Storms

If you think this was a rather slow hurricane season, you’re right if you’re talking about the United States. There were actually 12 hurricanes this year, but not a single one of them hit the U.S.. Chris Hebert is with Impact Weather based in Houston.

"You could say they did something to Nova Scotia, to Newfoundland, to Mexico. Vera Cruz was hit by its strongest hurricane in history. The only major hurricane in history to ever enter the southern bay of Campeche that was Carl. A category 3 hit Vera Cruz."

Forecasters predicted 2010 would be a busy year for storms and they were right. There were a total of 19 named storms this year. That’s third highest since they began keeping records. Only 2004 and 1933 had more names storms. Dan Brown with the National Hurricane Center in Miami says it may no have seemed very active since none of them touched U.S soil.

"Hurricane Earl of course came the closest passing very near the outer banks bringing tropical storm force winds to portions of the Outer Banks but for the most part did not produce much in the way of damage. It only takes one for it to hit your area for it to be a bad year and residents have to prepare for every hurricane season."

Usually about one out of every four named storms hits the U.S.. But this is now two years in a row that we’ve gone without being hit. Hebert expects that to change next year with another active season.

"Perhaps as many as 14,15,16 named storms. I wouldn’t forecast as many as 19 or perhaps 20 that we’re going to see at the end of this year, but I think we’re going to see an above average season in terms of numbers next year. And there’s a good chance that these hurricanes next year are not going to track away from the United States."

That’s next year, but of course the hurricane season isn’t officially over this year until the end of the month. Hebert says he wouldn’t be surprised if one or even two more storms pop up out in the Caribbean. But if that happens, he doesn’t see any of them coming our way. Bill Stamps KUHF News.
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