More 08 Caribbean hurricanes than avg: AccuWeather
Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:01am EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – AccuWeather.com on Friday predicted the 2008 hurricane season in the Caribbean would be slightly above average, with an increased chance that storms would make landfall in North America.
A waning La Nina condition in the Pacific Ocean and a warm water cycle in the Atlantic ocean are the two main factors cited by the private weather forecasting service.
“The warming is not uniform across the entire Atlantic. In some areas where hurricanes normally form … ocean water temperatures are near or below normal,” Joe Bastardi, AccuWeather’s chief long-range forecaster, said in a news release.
Bastardi told Reuters in an interview in early April that the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season would see 12 to 13 named storms.
Up to four of the predicted storms would become hurricanes, with one of those becoming a major hurricane, Bastardi said.
Average hurricane seasons have 10 named storms.
(Reporting by Robert Campbell, editing by Matthew Lewis)