CSU forecasters elevate 2010 hurricane predictions

COLORADO (WMBF) - Two Colorado State University researchers have updated their tropical weather predictions for the 2010 hurricane season.

Philip Klotzbach and William Gray announced the reworking of previous predictions Wednesday, which forecasted 15 tropical systems would turn into named storms this summer. Four of the storms, the duo predicted, would develop into major hurricanes.

The revised version of December's report reveals 18 tropical systems have the potential to turn into named storms, 10 of which could turn into hurricanes. Of the developments, Klotzbach and Gray predict five have the potential to become major hurricanes.

"Once again, another forecast shows the potential for a very busy hurricane season," WMBF Storm Team Meteorologist Jamie Arnold said. "It's important to remember it's about where the storms go, not the numbers."

Forecasters believe warmer waters are helping to fuel the aggressive predictions for the current season. Arnold says 2010 is yet another year in what's being called an "active hurricane cycle."

"The early warnings should serve as a reminder that people should start preparing for hurricane season before the threat of a storm," he commented.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a more aggressive and active hurricane season, with as many as 23 named tropical storms developing.

NOAA estimates eight to 14 storms could strengthen into hurricanes, three to seven of which could become major.

Nine named storms developed last season. Three became hurricanes, and none came ashore in the U.S.

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