FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season should be a little busier than last year for one reason: a weaker El Niño.
The prediction from the Colorado State forecast team for 2010 is for 18 named storms, with 10 becoming hurricanes, five of which could become major storms.
The reason why this season should be more active than last year is because of El Niño. Last year El Niño created warm water in the Pacific which changed the atmospheric pattern and brought the jet stream down to a lower latitude. The farther south the jet stream, the more wind sheer is created and that usually means fewer tropical storms and hurricanes.
This year is going to be different. El Niño is going to weaken and as that happens the jet stream goes farther north creating less wind sheer. That means we could see more tropical storms and hurricane than last year.