Please say it isn’t so! Scientists have tracked ocean temperatures in the hurricane-prone waters of the Atlantic since the end of World War II, but never have they seen a run-up to hurricane season as sobering as this one.
The tropics in May are even warmer than the toasty waters that spurred the 2005 hurricane season into such dizzying activity, with 28 named storms including Katrina, Rita and Wilma. In April the average temperature in the tropical North Atlantic was 1.38 Celsius degrees above average, or about 2.5 Fahrenheit degrees, by far the largest anomaly ever recorded. So, now with the infamous oil spill entering a second month the Gulf region is facing the prospect of a very active hurricane season with some experts predicting as many as 23 named hurricanes. While this may portend bad news for man-made structures and shoreline businesses, it could potentially be very good news for the sensitive Gulf shore areas. Any hurricane(s) that would reach this area would act much like giant blenders that might help the ocean cleanse itself at a much faster rate than would happen otherwise.