19 May 2009 17:24 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Tropical storms and hurricanes could threaten the Texas Gulf coast more than usual in June and July, a leading weather forecaster said on Tuesday.
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The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins on 1 June, is expected to have about 10 storms and six hurricanes, said Joe Bastardi, chief hurricane forecaster for the private US firm AccuWeather, in a press statement.
Those figures are slightly below average and lower than previous projections due to the anticipated presence of an El Nino weather pattern, which is associated historically with decreased hurricane activity in the
The El Nino pattern will keep northern Atlantic waters cooler than normal so the majority of storms are expected to develop on more southerly tracks early in the season, Bastardi said. That potentially leaves
However, the NHC said on Tuesday that that mission had been cancelled as the system appears to be being absorbed by a larger low-pressure area over
The larger low-pressure system is expected to move west into the Gulf, but it is now considered “unlikely” to develop during the next two days, forecasters said.
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