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Active 2016 Hurricane Season Likely, Forecasters Say

The end of the current El Nino system in the Pacific Ocean, potentially by summer, could bring a similar situation to 2010...
February 26, 2016

The end of the current El Nino system in the Pacific Ocean, potentially by summer, could bring a similar situation to 2010, when a La Nina in the Atlantic led to a hurricane season with 19 named storms, says Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University says one of the biggest questions about the severity of this year’s season is whether the Atlantic remains warm.

The U.S. hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane since 2005, a record that probably won’t be extended if 2016 is a big year with strong storms. This is a problem because from 1990 to 2008, the population density increased by 32 percent in coastal areas of the Gulf and by 17 percent along the Atlantic coastline, the hurricane center said. –more-

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