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Monday, May 31, 2010

New Hurricanne Season

Coastal Louisiana residents have hardly taken their eyes off the Gulf of Mexico for the last month, as the disastrous BP oil spill spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the water and onto our fragile coast.
But ­as of Tuesday, there's another reason to focus on the Gulf. It's the official start of hurricane season, and watching for the formation and approach of storms during the summer months is an intrinsic part of life here.

Preparing for the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane also should be part of living on the Gulf Coast. While the most intense weeks of hurricane season won't come for months, now is a good time to get ready. The most important part of that process, making an evacuation plan, should top everyone's to-do list.

Last year's quiet season was a welcome respite after four major storms in three years. A strong El Nino pattern suppressed hurricane activity, and only three storms reached hurricane strength. None threatened Louisiana.

But forecasters are predicting that the 2010 season will be anything but tranquil. El Nino is gone, ocean temperatures are at record levels, and we are still in a cycle of more active seasons. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projecting an "active to extremely active'' season with 14 to 23 named storms. Of those, the agency predicts that eight to 14 will be hurricanes, with three to seven reaching Category 3 or greater.

"If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record,'' said Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator.

It's hard to fathom another season as disastrous as 2005, which brought killer storms Katrina and Rita to Louisiana and exhausted the Latin alphabet.

But the uneventful 2009 season shouldn't lull anyone into complacency. We still have one more hurricane season to sweat out before the Army Corps of Engineers finishes 100-year protection for the metro area. That means being ready for whatever comes our way, from Alex to Walter and possibly beyond.

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1 comment:

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