July 15, 2010

The Atlantic Ocean from the coast of West Africa to the Caribbean Sea is hotter than usual this summer and that means more hurricanes are coming. This area of the Atlantic is where tropical storm systems gain speed and size as they move toward the eastern coast of the US and the Gulf of Mexico. Weather scientists say that the surface temperatures are one to two degrees above average and that means that this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season might well have from 14 to 23 storms large enough to be given names. Hurricanes are bad enough in normal times but this year there are two areas already battered by catastrophic events: The Gulf Coast trying to clean up spilled oil from BP’s well and Haiti after January’s earthquake. 

You can read more about this year’s hurricane season on the NY Times’ GREEN blog, which covers stories about energy and the environment.

Posted by: Seymour Simon

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