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Tropical Storm Quartet – 4 Storms With More To Come

The tropics seem to be going crazy what with the remnants of Gustav, the new threat from Hanna, a strengthening Ike and newcomer Josephine. Get used to it.

Hurricane experts say all the weather ingredients, which normally fluctuate, are set on boil for the formation of storms. And it’s going to stay that way for a while, they said.

Four named storms at the same time is a bit odd, but not unprecedented, meteorologists said. In 1995 five named storms lived simultaneously. And in 1998 there were four hurricanes at the same. But wait and see what happens next.

“Give us time, this is only Tuesday,” said meteorologist Dennis Feltgren, spokesman for an all-too-busy hurricane center in Miami.

The peak of hurricane season isn’t until Sept. 10 and this season already has 10 named storms, which is the long-term average for an entire season.

“Normally in an active season, there are bunches of hurricanes and lulls. It just doesn’t seem like there’s been bunches of lulls. I sure hope we’re not talking (hurricanes) Christmas Eve,” said meteorology professor Hugh Willoughby at Florida International University.

Two hurricane prognosticators – including William Gray, who pioneered the field of storm season forecasts – predicted Tuesday that this month would be almost twice as busy as an average September. They forecast five named storms, four of them hurricanes and two of them major.


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