Houston, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — The top U.S. climate agency made a prediction on Thursday that the Atlantic hurricane season will turn out to be much more active than expected with at least 10 hurricane formations. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration reported that the 2008 season is expected to give rise to 14-18 storms out of which 7-10 may be hurricanes. Out of these, 3-6 may be classified as major hurricanes. During May, it was forecast that there are possibilities of 12-16 storms out of which 6-9 may be hurricanes and 2-5 may be major.
The 2008 season of Atlantic hurricanes has generated 5 tropical storms because of favorable atmospheric and oceanic conditions, warmer ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and La Nina lingering effects. Hurricanes Dolly and Bertha reached the strength of a hurricane with more than 74 mph wind speed. Edouard, the latest tropical storm, came over upper Texas on Tuesday, which was just below the strength of a hurricane.
In May, the NOAA expected the season to be 65% above normal, but now they are expecting it to be 85% above normal. Earlier this week, the hurricane research team of Colorado State University said that it expects 17 storms, out of which 9 may reach the strength of a hurricane. NOAA said that an average season brings 11 storms with 6 hurricanes out of which only 2 are major.
The University, NOAA and other groups in forecasting has called active seasons during the last few years. The storm, which had escaped impact during 2006, reached the U.S. in the season of 2007. Mexico, US Gulf Coast, Central American and Caribbean countries were thrashed in 2005. Four major hurricane storms hit the U.S. including Katrina which devastated New Orleans, killed 1,500 people on the Gulf Coast and caused damage worth $80 billion. The season of 2004 saw Florida facing 4 powerful hurricanes.
Wired Weather Reporter