WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hurricane researchers at Colorado State University have released their August predictions for hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin. They made no changes to their predictions in June.
Back in June the CSU research team predicted: 18 named storms (11 normal), 10 hurricanes (6 normal), and 5 major hurricanes (2 normal). They also predict a 50 percent chance a major hurricane makes landfall along the U.S. east coast (31 percent is normal).
Even though the 2010 hurricane season is off to a somewhat slow start researcher at CSU point out several reasons why the season will end up well above average in their view. First sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic basin are still well above normal. Second the El Nino which suppressed 2009 hurricane activity has reverted to a much more favorable La Nina pattern. Finally on average sea level pressure are a bit below normal over the Atlantic basin.