WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no El Nino this year to counteract tropical weather development and two leading experts are predicting a busy hurricane season ahead of the official government forecast due out today.
Experts predicted a bad season last year, too, in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. But the unexpected development of El Nino climate conditions, a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean, helped make for a mild season in 2006.
Now that El Nino has ended, the potential again exists for more tropical storms to threaten the East and Gulf coasts.
Last year, there were just ten named storms in the Atlantic and none made landfall in the United States. Coastal residents would love a repeat performance.
But experts at Colorado State University and AccuWeather Incorporated say they anticipate a more active storm cycle this year.