According to the top US government weather agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year’s hurricane season, which commences June 1, may contain as many as 23 named storms with up to eight that would likely to develop into hurricanes with winds that could reach a dangerous 178 km-per-hour.
This would make the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season one of the most active ever documented, similar to the year 2005, during which there was a record of 28 storms, including Hurricane Katrina which claimed over 1,800 lives and devastated a major city.
Such a forecast describes not only the increased frequency but also the intensity of storms in the US, which scientists say is fueled by heated oceans due to global warming. Meanwhile, government officials also warned the storms could exacerbate the damage already being inflicted by the large oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, possibly pushing the oil farther onshore to areas of Mississippi and Alabama.
We appreciate your insightful forecasts, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists, as we pray for everyone’s protection through adequate preparations. More importantly, may such an ominous forecast of extreme weather events be averted through our greater efforts toward sustainable living.
During a November 2009 videoconference in Washington, DC, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed with concern such a pattern of stronger, more frequent storms, while calling for a proper solution.